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5 SPECIAL VISIT • Travel Through Time Chocolate Fantasia offers delicious tour 6 ABOUT THE COVER • ‘Swans’ Laurie Baker on display in Alamogordo 6 POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE • Desert Exposure Travels A visit to Chichen Itza in Mexico 7 EDITOR’S NOTEBOOK • For the Love of Art Saturating with art by Elva K. Österreich 7 LETTERS • A Poem and a Response Looking to preserve the wild places 8 RAISINGDAD • No Good Deed Experimental cooking with Jim and Henry Duchene 9 PUBLISHER’S NOTEBOOK • Valentine Verification Is it science or romance by Richard Coltharp 10 RIVER ROUNDUP • Gila Symposium Natural History Explored by Joneen Cockman 10 CELEBRATE SILVER •Territorial Charter Day Community commemorates day with fun run 11 ON SCREEN • Las Cruces International Film Festival Director inspired, Cybill Shepherd chats about “Rose”

12 BORDERLINES • Braceros Mexican workers commemorated by Marjorie Lilly 13 ARTS EXPOSURE • Arts Scene Latest area arts happenings 16 ARTS EXPOSURE • Gallery Guide Area arts venues listed 18 ARTS EXPOSURE • Calling Artists, Filmmakers Opportunities for contributors 20 FRONTIER FOOD HUB • Local Food Project brings local produce to consumers by Ben Rasmussen


26 WILD HORSES • Waiting for Congress New Mexico’s other horses by Laurie Ford 27 CYCLES OF LIFE • Cycling Organizations Joining a group can be inspiring by Fr. Gabriel Rochelle 28 WINGING IT • Birding at Bitter Lake Birders head north for adventure by Yvonne Lanelli 29 RED OR GREEN • Dining Guide Restaurants in southwest New Mexico 31 TABLE TALK • Salsa Awarded The Bossy Gourmet earns kudos

33 40 DAYS AND 40 NIGHTS • Events Guide Romance and art in February and a little beyond

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39 LIVING ON WHEELS • Oh, Those Boomers RVers chat about weed and the world by Sheila Sowder

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Travel Through Time

Chocolate Fantasia 2018 offers delicious tour


he Mimbres Region Arts Council is planning a trip through the ages at this year’s Chocolate Fantasia in Silver City 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. A variety of chocolate confections will be offered at dozens of Chocolate Stops in and around the town’s historic district. Tasting tickets are $25 for 20 samples. More than 30 downtown merchants and galleries are participating in cholate distribution. Many shops will decorate in keeping with the “Travel

Annie Oakley’s salted caramel fudge from an old family recipe with added buttery caramel was a 2017 Chocolate Fantasia hit.

Through Time” theme, opening the event to a wide variety of possibilities Event maps and empty candy

boxes ($2 each for collecting your chocolates so you can save some for later!) will be available at Chocolate Fantasia Headquarters, The Family Karate Center, at 416 N. Bullard St. Headquarters will open at 11 a.m. Awards for best decorations and chocolates will be given out at Little Toad Creek Brewery, corner of Bullard and Broadway streets, at the closing ceremonies at 4:30 p.m. For information or to buy tickets, call MRAC at 575-5382505, or visit chocolatefantasia. org.

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Postcards From the Edge

Alamogordo artist Laurie Baker created the digital image “Swans” on this month’s Desert Exposure cover. Baker strives to create stories of her art that evoke emotion, inviting the viewer to create his or her own narrative; to pause and reflect upon the magic captured on the canvas. Her artistic process began as a child and was strongly influenced by her artist grandmother and great-grandfather. Her love of photography began as a teenager with a little Agfa 35mm camera and as a member of the yearbook staff in high school. Baker is a retired nurse living in Alamogordo with her husband. Baker’s work is on display for the month at Creative Designs Custom Framing & Gallery, at 917 New York Ave. in Alamogordo in the exhibit “Still Seeking Imperfection.”

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Solange and Eric Graham, who live between Deming and Columbus, traveled to the Chichen Itza ruins in southern Mexico. They said it was a long trip, but well worth it. Their Desert Exposure was considerably wrinkled by the time they got there.

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Art Plus Love, A Natural Pairing Saturating communities with creative arts


outhern New Mexico communities have taken it upon themselves to embrace the arts and make sure nobody is left out. Artist organizations embed themselves in society and are making a huge difference in the quality of life across the board. The arts permeate our communities on the walls, in the theaters, on stages and in our hearts and brains. Art can calm and sooth the heart and grow and create new pathways in the brain. “Before there were anti-depressants there was poetry and, before there was language, there were cave drawings,” writes marriage and family therapist Victoria van Zandt. The history for art as a balm for heartache is long whether just

experiencing it or participating in it. In terms of the brain, research shows areas of the brain respond only to music while others are devoted to initiating and coordinating movement from intense running to the delicate sway of the arms. Drama provokes specialized networks that focus on spoken language and stimulate emotions. Visual arts excite the internal visual processing system to recall reality or create fantasy. Art is not just secondary to basic language, math and puzzle-solving skills. Art is essential to the development of those skills. Developing the neural pathways that enable creative thought requires exposure to creative thinking.

“These cerebral talents are the result of many centuries of interaction between humans and their environment, and the continued existence of these talents must indicate they contribute in some way to our survival,” writes David Sousa in an article entitled “How the Arts Develop the Young Brain.” In short, the arts are invaluable to our proper functioning individually and as a society. February brings the Silver City Chocolate Fantasia to life, joining businesses throughout downtown in celebrating love, art and chocolate. For $20 on Feb. 10 participants can explore history, enjoy local businesses and collect creative chocolate bits for their sweethearts as they stroll around town. Visit for information. Also celebrating art and love, Las Cruces artists and art organizations are joining up for “The Love of Art,” a month-long celebration event including open studios every weekend, special exhibits across the city and live performances, activities and lectures, all focused on art. Visit for information. Alamogordo and Truth or Consequences have regular monthly art crawls in their downtown areas if one is looking for more artsy fun. Valentine’s Day is well celebrated by enjoying and taking part in the arts. Romance and relaxation can be found in wandering through lovely piec-

es and good conversation and stimulation during February art experiences. Elva K Österreich is editor of Desert Exposure and would love to meet Desert Exposure readers during her office hours in Silver City from 10:30 a.m.12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22 at the Tranquilbuzz Coffee House, located at the corner of Yankie and Texas streets. If that is not a good time, Elva will be glad to arrange another day to meet and you can always reach her at editor@desertexposure. com or by cell phone at 575443-4408.

Letters to the Editor Mourning This poem is written as a forecast of the destruction of the history, beauty, water, natural habitats, and serenity of the Florida (Flor’ ee duh) Mountains in Luna County if a mining company, American Magnesium LLC, is successful in getting the rights to mine for Dolomite, a source of magnesium. The company proposes to construct a quarry and magnesium processing complex. In the 16th century the thousands of Golden California Poppies, which still cover the slopes, inspired the Spanish Conquistadors to name the mountains the Floridas, or “Flowering Mountains.” These perennials are just some of the flora to be disturbed and destroyed by this proposed mine.

Today (circa year 2020) (Forecast of events if a mining company is permitted to dig for magnesium in the Florida Mountains) My mountains, my Floridas, sky islands in an ocean of sand, arks bearing life through dry perilous seas. The “Flowering Mountains” named by the Spaniards dazzled by poppies adorning the peaks. But today the Floridas are gone shovel by shovel, truck by truck conveyed to the pockets of those converting the mountains to gold. Despoiling nature for profit, erasing the past, leaving scars and pollution where mountains once soared.

Today, what is left of my mountains? Nothing but rubble and tears. Prinnie McCourt Deming

Missing the point The guest column “Be Thankful for the Noise” (by Michael Swickard, January 2018 issue) misses the point about opposition to expanded military jet flights in southwest New Mexico and specifically in the Gila Wilderness area. Swickard labels opposition to the flights as an example of the “not in my backyard” syndrome, and proceeds to offer moral schooling on the price of freedom and the debt we owe to the military. In relation to flights over the wilderness, however, the article is either disingenuous or willfully obtuse. This is not a NIMBY issue, and is not just about noise. Even if there is a legitimate need for expanded training areas, the issue in the Silver City area is not about personal “convenience,” it is about protecting a designated wilderness of national importance. The wilderness is a considerable economic and educational resource in this part of the country. Military jets with their chaff and other hazards could trash an unspoiled area that supposedly has priority government protection. If the US military chooses not to protect something of such fundamental value in the homeland, it has strayed from its mission. The implication of NIMBY hypocrisy in Swickard’s article insults the intelligence of engaged citizens and maligns the integrity and sincerity of those in the Silver City area who oppose the plan. Swickard’s article makes three false assumptions: first, that whatever the US military does or

wants to do is a legitimate need, second, that everyone recognizes and accepts that need, and third, that the military is a champion of freedom. The article offers no evidence or argument, simply moralizing assumptions, and scorn for those who dissent. Some inconvenient truths lurk behind the grand talk of freedom and the sepia-tinted flag-waving. The U.S. spends more on its mil-

itary than the next seven countries combined, and is set to expand its military budget further by an obscene amount, based largely on untenable claims of “protecting freedom.” In a world of asymmetrical conflict and terrorist cells, conventional weapons and F-16s have limited effect. So for countless Americans, the thunder of military jets shattering the sky above

us is not the sound of freedom, it is the sound of profligate foreign military adventures, the sound of health care, infrastructure and education going up in smoke, and now, possibly, the sound of an irreplaceable natural resource being ruined. Roger Metcalfe Silver City

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Experimental cooking never pays off with Dad

don’t know what it is about newspapers, but they must think their readers have unlimited time and money to cook the recipes they feature in their pages. Most of us, we have jobs. We don’t want to come home and spend hours fixing something that can easily be bought at Sam’s or Costco or the corner gas station. Not to mention the cleanup afterward. Also, if I fill my refrigerator with food, where am I going to keep my beer? The recipes always seem to require a cornucopia of ingredients that you probably don’t have and will never use again. I don’t think Jesus multiplied the fishes into a number that high. It just seems to me that newspapers should acknowledge that we live in a different world now, and there’s no longer enough hours in the day for us to prepare these extravagant meals. Recently, my local newspaper printed something by The Culinary Institute of America. By recently, I mean I’m too lazy to look up the actual date. It was an article on how to cook Mole Poblano. The recipe, if you can call it that since it’s about the same length as Moby Dick, required 26 different ingredients. The Institute assured its readers it would only take an approximate three hours to prepare and cook from start to finish. That much and that long just to feed eight people. Five, if you include my motherin-law. The way I figure it, the time the article says the dish requires to prepare is a best-case scenario, because I know for an average guy like me it would take closer to six hours, maybe more. Six hours, because you have to factor in the time I’ll spend driving to Walmart. Why Walmart? Because I’m cheap. Anyway, in addition to that, there’s my wandering around lost, going up and down the food aisles, searching for the ingredients I don’t have, which is ALL of them, and finally ending my adventure standing in a long checkout line, stuck behind someone with their shopping cart filled to overflowing, because I always have at least one item too many to enter the Ten Items Or Less line. Throwing good sense to the wind, I decided to surprise my wife and cook her an early Valentine’s Day dinner. She LOVES mole, so I knew it would be a real treat for her. She might even desire to reward me later with an early Valentine’s Day present of her own, if you get my drift. If you don’t, that’s okay, too. So, I left to purchase what I needed. As it turned out, the total came to $94.93 – for ONE meal — and I’m not even including the tax. I opened my wallet and saw a lonely moth fly out. Once home, I had to find all the required measuring equipment and cooking utensils. With 26 ingredients to

prepare, what were the odds I had all the necessary equipment? Turns out, I didn’t. Once back from Walmart, after buying the one cooking tool I didn’t have, I began to prepare my twenty-five ingredients. Twenty-five? Darn. Okay, I’m back. I began to prepare my 26 ingredients. If there’s one thing in life I’ve learned, it’s that everything takes longer than it’s supposed to. That was especially true in this case. When I was done, and the mole was simmering, I put the leftover ingredients away for when I might have an occasion to use them again. In other words, I’ll be throwing them away a year from now. My father shuffled over to take a look. “What are you doing?” he wanted to know. “I’m making dinner,” I told him. “I’m not eating that,” he told me back. This, from a man who used to catch and cook lizards in the Philippine jungle during World War II. My wife seemed to enjoy my efforts. “It’s good,” she said, just before excusing herself to go throw up in the bathroom. She thoughtfully only spent half the time in the bathroom than she did when she got Montezuma’s Revenge on our last vacation out of the country. As it turns out, you really aren’t supposed to drink the water in Mexico. I put what was left over into my father’s dog’s food dish. Dogs will eat anything. Anything, that is, except my cooking. He took one sniff, and then waddled out of the kitchen. If he had fingers, I’m sure he would have done something interesting with one of them. By the end of the affair, I was disheartened. With the amount of time and money I spent, I would have been better off taking my lovely wife out for a nice dinner at her favorite restaurant. No fuss. No muss. No reason to cuss. By being romantic I had the whole kitchen to clean up, dishes to wash, and an empty bank account to replenish. Not to mention a wife politely trying to keep her volume in our bathroom on low so it wouldn’t interrupt my father’s television viewing. She’s thoughtful that way. Briefly, I wondered if she’d fall for the old “I cooked, you clean.” Probably not. Well, chalk that one up to experience. I looked around for some cleaning supplies. Darn. I had to go back to Walmart. Visit JimDuchene.BlogSpot. com, RaisingMyFather., or @JimDuchene and learn important cooking tips. Such as not leaving chicken out too long.


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hocolate and roses have long been recognized as the traditional romantic gifs for Valentine’s Day. Here in our region, all of those elements combine nicely, along with art, in the annual Chocolate Fantasia in downtown Silver City. Did you know, though, there is scientific evidence demonstrating the link between chocolate and love? According to MedicineHunter. com, “Chocolate is a complex material possessing numerous compounds that act upon the the brain, producing a sense of delight that no other substance can replicate.” Here are some of the compounds and chemicals in chocolate, and how they can help set the stage for romance. Polyphenols —These antioxidants help reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol and reduce platelet clumping, both of which help fight coronary disease. A healthy heart is better able to love. Caffeine — Chocolate only has about a third of the caffeine you’d get from a cup of coffee, but that’s still enough to derive some of the benefits, which include improved blood flow to the brain, reduced fatigue, increased alertness, improved mood and respiration. Theombrine — Though related to caffeine, theombrine has less effect on the central nervous system but is a better cardiac stimulant. Its chemical structure is associated with mood enhancement. Serotonin — Chocolate increases levels of serotonin, which has many positive effects, including improved mood, emotional health, better sleep,

balanced appetite and battling depression. Serotonin increases are associated with sexual arousal and desire. Women’s giddiness about chocolate has scientific roots. They have more serotonin in their bodily systems and react more strongly to increases, including those generated by consumption of chocolate. Phenethylamine (PEA) — Found in small amounts in chocolate, PEA stirs the central nervous system and kicks in the release of endorphins, those little compounds that create feelings of pleasure. PEA is also know to increase the activity of dopamine, a neurochemical directly connected with sexual arousal and pleasure. PEA is known to increase during periods of romance, and can be an antidepressant in males and females. There is also research that shows flowers have a positive effect on romance. The aroma of flowers is a mood lifter, and even the visual effect of flowers makes people feel happier. It seems then, if someone tries to woo a potential sweetheart with chocolate and flowers, it may not be a move purely inspired by romance. The giver may just be a science nerd.




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‘Soup’s On’                                      

Portal Rescue fundraiser sees 22 years


his year marks the 22nd year for “Soup’s On” (formerly known as “Soup Kitchen”), Portal Rescue’s Annual Benefit Luncheon and main fundraiser. This community event is scheduled for Feb. 19-21. It will be held at the Portal Rescue classroom building in Portal, Ariz. Portal is beside the community of Rodeo, N.M. and Portal Rescue works to serve area community members in both states. During each of these days, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., participants can choose one of two savory soups, two delicious breads, a dessert, and a beverage for $7. There will be a drawing which includes stays at local bed

and breakfast lodges, jewelry, artwork, pottery, gift certificates and more. Tickets are $1 each and are available at the Rodeo Store and the Portal Post Office as well as by mail. Ticket holders need not be present to win. It takes approximately $50,000 per year to run Portal Rescue, the joint community volunteer fire and medical emergency organization. The “Soup’s On” event helps raise the needed funds for this, along with additional donations. Emergency medical technicians at Portal Rescue handle about 50 calls a year. Firefighters at Portal Rescue respond to between one and 12 wildland fires per year and several structural fires.

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Natural History Explored Gila Symposium welcomes science, art and activity

T The Middle Fork of the Gila River at the Meadows. (Photo by Nathan Newcomer)

he Seventh Natural History of the Gila Symposium will be held Feb. 22-24 on the Western New Mexico University (WNMU) campus in Silver City. Keynote speaker presentations and concurrent sessions will take place on Thursday afternoon and all day Friday with field trips following on Saturday morning. This event is open to the public and free of charge to all participants

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and attendees. The biennial Natural History of the Gila Symposium series was established in 2006 to provide a venue for local and regional researchers to share information about their projects and research. The venue has expanded over the years to include land managers, conservationists, educators and policy members who also contribute to the knowledge base of the natural and ecological systems of the Gila region including southwestern New Mexico, southeastern Arizona and adjacent Mexico. College and high school students are frequent participants in the symposium. This event provides a friendly atmosphere for first-time presenters and provides travel scholarships for students who apply. The symposium is supported by partnerships and organized by individuals representing those entities as well as the local community who have expertise in different aspects of natural history of the Gila region. Many local volunteers also contribute with their time to make this symposium free of charge. Two keynote speakers are featured at this year’s symposium. Garrett VeneKlasen, executive director of New Mexico Wildlife Federation, will be featured Thursday, Feb. 22. The keynote speaker for the event is Dr. Esteban Muldavin who is director, division leader and ecological coordinator for the New Mexico Natural Heritage program. His presentation is on Friday, Feb. 23. The symposium once again features the ever-popular “Creative Voices.” This session provides a panel of authors and po-

ets in creative speak who have shared their thoughts on the balance of nature. This event will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday. WNMU Library Commons. Sharing their work are: Beate Sigriddaughter, Leonore Hildebrant, Robert Froese, Karin Bradberry, Marty Eberhardt, Ann Hedlund, Sharman Russell and Sylvia Ramos Cruz. The symposium includes lifetime achievement awards in several categories to recognize those who contribute, above and beyond, to understanding and promoting the conservation of the natural resources of the Gila region. This year’s award winners are, Jim Brooks (Lifetime Achievement), Randy Jennings (Lifetime Achievement), A.T. & Lucinda Cole (Conservation), Russell Kleinman (Citizen Scientist) and Jackie Blurton (Friend of the Gila). The Natural History of the Gila Symposium casts a wide net for participants and attendees. Understanding the ecological processes and learning how to manage them better for future generations is the main emphasis. However, this is not just about preservation. The symposium recognizes that land use and extraction are part of the natural history of the area. Habitat restoration for natural habitats and areas highly disturbed from extraction (grazing, mining, logging, fire, etc.) are important topics. On Saturday field trips guided by local and regional experts are available and include visits to learn about Mimbres archaeology, roadside geology and native plant identification. For conference information, visit


Territorial Charter Day Community commemorates day with fun run


his Feb. 17, is Territorial Charter Day and Silver City MainStreet will participate in the celebration with a 5K fun run through downtown Silver City for adults beginning at 9 a.m. Children’s fun runs begin in the Big Ditch Park at 11 a.m. The fun runs showcase downtown improvements and prizes will be awarded to all children who participate. The approximately 5K Urban Challenge fun run will wind through the historic district and will start under the downtown archway and end at the Market Street walking bridge. Runners aged 14 years and older will receive a t-shirt and

the entry fee is three cans of food that will be donated to the Grant County Community Food Pantry. The free children’s fun runs will take place in the Big Ditch Park at the end of Sixth Street. There will be fun obstacle and dash runs for children grouped by age. Participants may register the day of the race next to the Visitor Center located at Hudson and Broadway Street. For more information call MainStreet at 575-534-1700. Other events will be taking place including Buffalo Soldiers on horseback, Charter Day Deals at downtown merchants, period actors at Fort Bayard, local officials in period costume and more.


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Las Cruces International Film Festival Director inspired by community to work on film festival


n 1994 Ross Marks graduated from film school at the American film institute. “I was running around Hollywood, sold a couple of screen plays but my career wasn’t quite going where I wanted to go as a director,” he said. “A friend of mine who was a producer said you have to go to the Sundance Film Festival. He said, ‘when you get back you tell me why I told you to go there.’” So, Marks went to Park City, Utah for the Sundance Film Festival as a young film director and it changed his life. “I was in this kind of studio world trying to get stuff made which was very difficult,” he said. “But then Sundance opened my eyes to independent filmmaking.” Returning to Hollywood with a collection of names and contacts he had made at Sundance, Marks was excited about the independent filmmaking possibilities. He made an independent film, “Homage.” In 1995 “Homage” was one of the 18 films selected for the Sundance competition out of 2,500 submitted.

Ross Marks (Courtesy Photo)

Today, Marks serves as the executive director of the Las Cruces International Film Festival. His experience at Sundance influenced both his life path and is his inspiration for working on the Las Cruces event. He said in 2012, White Sands International Film Festival board members asked him to be part of their efforts and he became artistic director. When that festival closed, Marks didn’t stop. “I got excited and thought if I can bring to Las Cruces what Sundance brought to Park City, we could create a home for independent filmmakers and for the students,” he said. “This independent film convention is a great way of transform-

ing people’s filmmaking lives, even if in a small way, the way mine was transformed.” Marks said presently Sundance has become so commercialized if you don’t have a major star attached you can’t get in. “The independent filmmaker needs a new home, and that’s what I wanted our festival to be is to be that home,” he said. “I love Las Cruces. I went to school here. I teach here. So, its my way of giving back.” For the 2017 film festival, Marks said they worked with 44 student volunteers. He gets gratification when he sees what the experience does for them as they get to interact with industry professionals. The film program at New Mexico State University, Creative Media Institute (CMI), has 310 students this year and is the largest film program in the state. Marks, who teaches at CMI, said it’s probably the best deal in the country. When the film festival started he wanted to make sure it was part of the university. “Now we are the largest film fes-


Cybill Shepherd talks about ‘Rose’ LCIFF feature screening brings star to town


amed after her grandfather, Cy, and her father, Bill, actress Cybill Shepherd has made the quirky name synonymous with talent and beauty. Shepherd’s recently released film “Rose,” is the featured film for this year’s Las Cruces International Film Festival and opens the festival at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 7 at Allen Theatres Cineport 10. Both Shepherd and Pam Grier, who star in the film, will be on hand afterward to answer questions from the audience. “Rose” is the story of a widowed ex-cop who discovers she may have a life-threatening illness, and decides to cross New Mexico in her motorized wheel chair. It costars James Brolin. The movie was filmed in Truth or Consequences in September 2016. Shepherd said she enjoyed her stay in T or C a lot. She stayed at the Ted Turner’s Sierra Grande Lodge and loved taking her hot springs soaks outside, under the stars. She and her friend stayed in a casita at the lodge, but had to move when the rooms had a previous reservation. “They had a great chef there,” Shepherd said. “When they kicked us out (of the casita) we moved into the chef’s house.” While she was there, she had to have emergency surgery at the T or C hospital. She said her life was saved by a doctor from South Korea, there on a program designed to train doctors in exchange for services in rural areas. Her doctor told her she should to leave T or C and go home after the incident, but she insisted on staying and finishing the movie. She said she felt

Cybill Shepherd on the set of “Rose” in Truth or Consequences in September 2016. (Courtesy Photo)

better after the surgery. “I got to get out there and finish that film,” she said. “I attached myself to ‘Rose’ eight years ago. I had a great director, Rod McCall. He was one of the best directors I ever had. I loved that the director wrote the script, he certainly knows his stuff about making movies.” For the role of Rose, Shepherd and a close friend who is a costume designer went out and bought the clothes for the part seven months early. “What I wear helps me discover the part,” she said. “I had to learn to go in a circle in a wheel chair, I was taught very carefully how to do that. Take your hand off the switch and it stops.” Growing up in Memphis, Shepherd said being a little girl was like she had died and gone to heaven. She had everything she needed and attended the country club regularly with her family. Later, when she realized everyone serving was colored and everyone eating was a white person, she said she never joined a club where the whole idea was to exclude someone. Although she had opportunities to model early on during her high school years, Shepherd said she and her parents made the decision she should graduate from high

school before going to New York to do so. It was one of the best decisions of her life, she said. “It’s amazing what a difference one year makes in your life,” she said. “One of the first things my modeling agent did was take me to the motel and leave me with a creep. I got out of there as fast as I could. I was 18.” Shepherd said with everything going on these days, she is grateful she never had to deal with serious inappropriate behavior directed at her. Today Shepherd lives happily with her three “little mutts,” Carlie, Dolce and Jinx, all rescues. She is starting a new memoir which she said she begins by asking forgiveness for repeating herself. Raised with humility, she said, practicing kindness has helped her tremendously in her career. “I have nothing to do with the way I look, that’s just a genetic roll of the dice,” she said. “Pretty is as pretty does. The crew shares waves of energy because you show them respect for what they do and who they are. It makes a huge difference. I think it’s really important because you depend on everybody on the set.” Shepherd will be 68 on Feb. 18 and is thankful for every day in her life. “On New Year’s Eve I was so grateful to be alive for another year,” she said. Shepherd will receive the Outstanding Achievement in Entertainment Award during the Las Cruces International Film Festival at a ceremony Thursday, March 8. For information about the festival visit

tival put on by a major university in the world,” he said. A new film festival production class has been set up so the students can learn the business of putting together the event. Students work in committees to solicit filmmakers, select films and interact with filmmakers once they are selected. market the festival, put on workshops and parties and more. At the 2017 festival actor Brendan Fraser was receiving an award from the event and when he stood up to speak he said the festival reminded him of Sundance in its early days. “I got tears in my eyes,” Marks

said. “For him to say that, unsolicited, is confirmation that we are headed in the right direction.” The Las Cruces International Film Festival presented by New Mexico State University is set for March 7-11. The five-day festival brings thousands of movie-lovers to Las Cruces to see feature-length, short films, documentaries and student films. Workshops, lectures, panels and presentations highlight the festival. Last year, more than 6,000 people attended the event, with about a third coming from outside the immediate area. Executive Director Ross Marks expects this year’s event to be the biggest yet.

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Program, art show commemorates Mexican workers


n the second floor of the Deming Luna Mimbres Museum on Saturday, Jan. 6, there was a program to honor Mexican bracero workers. The room was

brimming over with approximately 150 people who showed up to listen. After introductory remarks, the event began with songs you could have heard in Mexican homes during

that period. “Viva Chihuahua,” “Alla en el Rancho Grande,” and two other songs were played with authentically out-of-tune guitar music and enthusiastically sung by three local women — July McClure, Olivia Paez and Martha Griffin. Mexican gritos (long shouts, or yelps) were heard from a man in the back rows of chairs. Mexico felt near.

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Manuels Many Manuels came to southern New Mexico to work. A pistachio grower west of Deming, Bill Barnes, lives with wife, Beverly, in a house built to house bracero workers. “Several houses were built in the area for bracero workers,” Bill said. “But they weren’t constructed very well and usually didn’t last.” LeMarbe and Cobos mostly stuck to the positive side of the story of the bracero workers. There’s no doubt there was a lot that was positive for the workers. Farmworkers at the farmworker center in El Paso (Centro de Trabajadores Agricolas Fronterizos) are quick to say the bracero program was a good thing because it transported people to work in the U.S. Therefore, they didn’t have to go through the literal hell of deserts and high water of the Rio Grande. It’s hard to exaggerate how important that must have been to workers. But one of the fliers for the com-


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men and women who still live in the area and have worked as farmworkers. A man named Miguel, who with his wife has shared several Thanksgivings and Christmases with me, had a brother-in-law in Sinaloa who used to work in the U.S. every year as a bracero.

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The Bracero Program ran from 1942 to 1964. It was an agreement between the United States and Mexico that brought workers to Luna County (varying from 1,600 to 3,000 a year) and to New Mexico as a whole (on average around 18,000 a year). They replaced U.S. workers who were sent to war. They worked mostly in fields but also in the railroads, dairies and ranches. A former Luna County Sheriff, Raymond Cobos, was extremely important in the collection of interviews with the bracero workers. It was deeply disappointing that he couldn’t attend because of illness, explained Diana LeMarbe, who spearheaded the whole project and worked on it for two years. Cobos had acted as a translator between farmers and bracero workers when growing up in Hachita, in the boot heel of New Mexico. Lalo Mendoza, the current principal of the Deming Intermediate School, read the first interview with braceros (meaning someone who works with their arms). It was easily the sweetest memoir read. It represented a man from the state of Michoacan named Manuel, but was in reality a conglomeration of several interviews. There were a fair number of Latinos in the audience. I gave a quick wave to Luis, who I’ve known since he was little. He said his grandfather had been a bracero from Michoacan. The lives of the braceros of the past are often interlaced with the

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memoration lists the kinds of abuses many workers faced from Americans — wage theft, decrepit housing, lack of medical care and unsafe transportation. Deductions from braceros’ wages were sometimes not repaid by Mexican banks, and there is still a continuing effort to get braceros paid up.

Actors and art A nice original touch to the program in Deming was to have several men posing as braceros lining the sidewalks to the Deming Art Center. They wore farmworker clothes and memorized scripts of interviews with braceros. One of the actors was the school principal, Lalo Mendoza. He read his own story about his father, Ramon Mendoza, who came from Chihuahua in 1953 and worked the fields in Luna County. Lalo went to Deming High School and served in the Air Force for 20 years. Then he became a bilingual teacher in Las Cruces and worked his way to his current position in Deming. At the Art Center there were works by LeMarbe and paintings by Jeri Desrochers. LeMarbe’s figures are becoming an ingrained habit with her. Her bracero workers, bending and lifting and hammering, spring to three-dimensional life while remaining humble and worn, like the workers. Considering her development of the Apache gala event in April 2016, she is also getting in the habit of turning up great ideas for successful projects that make Deming more livable. Jeri Desrochers’ paintings buzz with hot summer colors. She grew up the Midwest and has a special love of agriculture and the workers. It was interesting for me to see a Hispanic man at the show that I recognized either from the fields or from working in the chile and onion processors. He had brought his elderly mother to see the show. I found myself seeing him in a new dimension as he entered a different social territory. I talked with this man about Americans and Mexicans. “Everyone is the same,” he said. The creators of the bracero project hope that more field workers and former workers come to the planned exhibit at the Branigan Cultural Center in Las Cruces from June through October.


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The work of Ben Rico is up at a)s p...”A”© e Contemporary Studio•Art•Gallery.

• Ben Rico’s work is up in acrylic and mixed media at a) s p...”A”© e Contemporary Studio•Art•Gallery, 110 W. 7th St. in Silver City. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays and by appointment. Info: 575-538-3333. • Mariah’s Copper Quail Gallery at 211 A. N. Texas St., in Silver City on the corner of Texas and Yankie streets. The “The Art of Resistance” is gallery has featured at Ma- gone through riah’s Copper a makeover Quail Gallery in and is showSilver City. ing off its fresh new look for February. Pat Bouchard, fiber artist and Jim Kane, sculptor have joined the team of local artists on display. Coming up in 2018 the gallery is hosting a variety of guest artists. To kick things off in February, the gallery welcomes  graphic artist Grecia Rivas and her show,  “The Art of Resistance,” which will be featured through Feb. 28 with an artist reception from 3-6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb.17. Proceeds will be donated toward the Grecia Rivas Scholarship Fund at Western New Mexico University. This fund benefits DACA and undocumented students who don’t  qualify for federal financial aid. In addition, MCQ will be participating in Chocolate Fantasia on Saturday, Feb. 10. This year’s theme is  “Travel Through Time!”  Please  for ticket information and other participating locations. Info: 575-388-2646. 

Bruce Bloy’s photos are “Moving Through Time,” at Finn’s Gallery for February.

• Finn’s Gallery is featuring Bruce Bloy photography, “Moving Through Time” with an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. on Feb. 9. Bloy divides his time between Pennsylvania and New Mexico. This exhibit features familiar sites around southern New Mexico Every-

Artist Michelle Jenkinson, featured at Soul River Gallery, uses linen and oil paints for her creations.

• Soul River Gallery, 400 N. Bullard St, in Silver City  is featuring original oil paintings on linen by Michelle Jenkinson, a new artist to the gallery. Her soft brush strokes and exquisite use of color transport the viewer from one peaceful place to another. The gallery, gift and home decor destination is open Monday to Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Thursday to Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Info: 575-489-7044. 5 Photo: MRAC Photo fuetz:  “Shiprock Afar • FeVa Fotos photographers, Sandy Feutz and Tom Vaughan,  will open “Vast” at the Mimbres Region Arts Council Gallery that will hang through Feb. 28.   The public is invited to an opening reception from 2 p.m. till 4 p.m. on Feb. l, with refreshments and door prizes.  Following the reception, the show will be available for viewing between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday.  The MRAC Gallery and Office is in the Wells Fargo Bank Building in Silver City. Info: 575-590-1587.


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Camille Davis and other San Vicente Artists are featured at the Deming Art Center.

• The February 2018 show at the Deming Art Center features the San Vicente Artists. San Vicente Artists was formed in the mid 1990’s to promote the arts and artists in the Silver City/Grant County area. There will be an artist reception from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 4, at the center. The Center is located at 100 S. Gold, Deming. This is the last scheduled show for the SVA. The group is going to take a break from all activities and are looking for new artists to be part of the organization. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Info: 575-546-3663 or


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FEBRUARY 2018 • 15 landscapes and varied subjects using palette knife and brush. As part of Love of Art Month, Desrochers’ studio will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3 and Saturday, Feb. 10 and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 4 and Sunday, Feb. 11. The studio is located at 3655 Canyon Ridge Arc. Info: www.

The digital art of Laurie Baker is “Still Seeking Imperfection,” on display at Alamogordo’s Creative Designs Custom Framing & Gallery.

• During February, the exhibit, “Still Seeking Imperfection,” with works by Laurie Baker will be featured at Creative Designs Custom Framing & Gallery, located at 917 New York Ave. in Alamogordo. Baker’s art strives to tell stories, inviting the viewer to create his or her own narrative, pause, reflect and imagine a story being told by the image. A reception will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16. Regular hours are Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Info: 575434-4420. • The Tunnel Stop Gallery is located approximately one mile east of the tunnel on U.S. Highway 82 heading toward Cloudcroft. The gallery is open 9 a.m.-6 p.m., seven days a week, year-round. There is a large garden room where many different classes are held year-round (jewelry, pottery, stained glass, spinning and weaving, TaiChi, flute playing and more). The building is 5,000 sq. ft. and it is filled with 300-plus local artists. Info: 575-682-5676.

Roy van der Aa is one of the “Insighters” whose art hangs at the Doña Ana Arts Council Arts & Cultural Center Gallery in Las Cruces.

• The Doña Ana Arts Council Arts & Cultural Center’s gallery in Mesilla exhibits the work of an artist or group of artists each month. For February, during For the Love of Art Month, DAAC welcomes The Insighters, a group of artists who get together to discuss art and periodically show as a group. Their exhibit will open with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb 3. The Insighters include Christina Campbell, C. C. Cunningham, Sherri Doil-Carter, Flo Dougherty, Linda Elkins, Tomi LaPierre, John Northcutt, and Roy van der Aa. The DAAC Arts & Culture Center is in the Bulletin Plaza at 1740 Avenida de Mercado, Suite D. Info: www.

LAS CRUCES • Join artists C.C. Cunningham, Jeri Desrochers and Gale Kaufman for open studio tour during the first two weekends in February. Cunningham’s abstract acrylic paintings express her fascination with texture and its interplay with color, at times bold and other times subtle. Desrochers is known for her colorful images of the Mesilla Valley in textured oil paint. Kaufman is an emerging artist developing a unique style to represent Las Cruces area

ArtForms Artist Association’s “Not and Then” show is up at the Tombaugh Gallery For the Love of Art Month.

• It’s rare that artists get to feature their older works right next to their newer pieces, but that’s what is happening during “Now and Then” as part of ArtForms Artist Association’s For the Love of Art Month at Tombaugh Gallery. The exhibit opens Wednesday, Jan. 31 and runs through Sunday, Feb. 25. An opening reception will be held

Sunday, Feb. 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Artists include Dani Anderson, Linda Choate, Rebecca Courtney, Kathleen Deasy, Jeri Desrochers, Penny Duncklee, Les Fairchild, Marty Galster, Carrie Greer, Rosemary McKeown, Noël Sandino, Mel Stone, Roy van der Aa and Rhoda Winters. Info: 503-490-4908. • The University Art Gallery at New Mexico State University presents “Wendy Red Star: The MaWendy Red niacs (We’re Star’s iconNot the Best, ic family is But We’re immortalized at Better Than the University The Rest)” Art Gallery at as its major New Mexico exhibition for State. Spring 2018. On view through March 16, the site-specific exhibition will visually materialize and mesh memories of the past and present in Red Star’s investigation of her Apsáalooke (Crow) Indian father’s life in rock music. In this exhibition, Red Star uses family photographs, written notes, and sculptural environments to map 25 years of her father’s musical involvements, culminating with the story of The Maniacs, her dad’s 1960s-70s all-Crow Indian rock band. A robust schedule of associated programming includes hands-on art workshops for children and adults and partnership events with other departments at NMSU as well as conversations, films and lectures. Info: misage@ or 575-646-2545. The University Art Gallery’s hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and the gallery is located at 1390 E. University Ave., Las Cruces. • “MakeShift,” an exhibition put together by partners and artist duo Ramon and Christian Cardenas, who together form the artist collaborative Lxs Dos, continues at the Branigan Cultural Center, 501 N. Main St. through March 10, 2018. The exhibit comes from the artists’ need to create and express themselves using materials and resource available to the them. The work is ethnographic in nature, describing the socio-cultural relations of the United States/

Mexico border region and its people. Branigan Cultural Center is open 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturdays. Info: 575-541-2154, museums. • Debra Vance’s art is showcased during the “For Love of Art Month” Studio Tour dates over the first two weekends of February. There will be live music with Ali-

son Reynolds and Tapas from 2-4 p.m. in the courtyard at the studio, 2200 W. Union Ave. Info: • The Las Cruces Arts Association has a 3-Part Exhibition planned for the Feb. 2 First Friday Art Ramble,  5-8 p.m.,  in Down-


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Gallery Guide Silver City Alaska Mudhead Studio-Gallery, 371 Camino de Vento in Wind Canyon. By appointment, Letha Cress Woolf, potter, 907-783-2780. [a]SP.“A”©E, 110 W. Seventh St., 5383333, aspace.studiogallery@gmail. com. Barbara Nance Gallery & Stonewalker Studio, 105 Country Road, 534-0530. By appointment. Stone, steel, wood and paint. Sculpture path. www. Blue Dome Gallery, 307 N. Texas, 5348671. Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The Cliffs Studio & Gallery, 205 N. Lyon St. and Yankie, 520-622-0251. By appointment. Common Ground, 102 W. Kelly, 5342087. Open by appointment. Cow Trail Art Studio, 119 Cow Trail in Arenas Valley. Monday, 12-3 p.m. or by appointment, 706-533-1897, www. Elemental Artisans, 406-B Bullard St., 215-593-6738 Finn’s Gallery, 300 N. Arizona St., 406790-0573 Francis McCray Gallery, 1000 College Ave., WNMU, 538-6517. Monday to Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The Glasserie Studio and Store, 106 E. College Ave., 590-0044. Monday to Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Guadalupe’s, 505 N. Bullard, 535-2624. Thursday to Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Leyba & Ingalls Arts, 315 N. Bullard St., 388-5725. Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Contemporary art ranging from realism to abstraction in a variety of media. www. LeybaIngallsARTS. com, Lois Duffy Art Studio, 211C N. Texas, 534-0822. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. or by appointment. Original paintings, cards and prints. www.loisduffy. com,







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Lumiere Editions, 108 W. Broadway, 956-6369. Vintage and contemporary photography. Monday to Friday. The Makery, 108 W. Yankie, 590-1263, Freestyle weaving studio and school of fiber, book and paper arts. Thursday to Monday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Mariah’s Copper Quail Gallery, 211-A Texas St., corner of Yankie and Texas streets, 388-2646. Open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday - Thursday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Fine arts and crafts. Mimbres Regional Arts Council Gallery, Wells Fargo Bank Bldg., 1201 N. Pope St. 538-2005. Tuesday to Sunday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. www. Molly Ramolla Gallery & Framing, 203 N. Bullard, 538- 5538. www. ramollaart. com. Moonstruck Art Gallery, 110 W. Yankie St., featuring fiber, mixed media, pottery, and jewelry. 575-654-5316. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday-11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ol’ West Gallery & Mercantile, 104 W. Broadway, 388-1811/313-2595. Monday to Friday, 8:30 -10 a.m. The Place is at 201 N. Bullard St. in Silver City. Seedboat Gallery, 214 W. Yankie St., 534- 1136. Wednesday to Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. or by Studio Behind the Mountain, 23 Wagon Wheel Lane, 388- 3277. By appointment. www.jimpalmerbronze. com. Studio Upstairs, 109 N. Bullard St., 5742493. By appointment. 21 Latigo Trail, 388-4557. Works by Barbara Harrison and others. Soul River Gallery, 400 N. Bullard St., 303-888-1358. Monday and Wednesday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; 10 a.m.5:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday. Wild West Weaving, 211-D N. Texas, 313-1032, Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wind Canyon Studio, 11 Quail Run Road off Hwy. 180, mile marker 107, 574- 2308, 619-933-8034. Louise Sackett. Monday and Wednesday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and by appointment. Wynnegate Gallery, 1105 W. Market Street; 575-534-9717; hours are Saturday & Sunday, noon – 4 p.m.; also open for Red Dot Tour, artist showings, and by appointment. Zoe’s Studio/Gallery, 305 N. Cooper St., 654-4910. By chance or appointment.

Pinos Altos Pinos Altos Art Gallery-Hearst Church Gallery, 14 Golden Ave. Pinos Altos, 574-2831. Open late-April to early October. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mimbres Chamomile Connection, 3918 U.S. Highway 35N, 536-9845. Lynnae McConaha. By appointment. Kate Brown Pottery and Tile, HC 15 Box 1335, San Lorenzo, 5369935,, By appointment. Narrie Toole, Estudio de La Montura, 313-7390, Contemporary western oils, giclées and art prints. By appointment. Bayard Kathryn Allen Clay Studio, 601 Erie St., 537-3332. By appointment. Cliff Gila River Artisans Gallery, 8409 Hwy. 180. Eclectic collection of local artists. Friday to Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Northern Grant County & Catron County Casitas de Gila, 50 Casita Flats Road, Gila, 535-4455. By appointment. gallery@casitasdegila. com, www. Mesilla Galeri Azul, Old Mesilla Plaza, 5238783. Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Galeria on the Plaza, 2310 Calle de Principal, 526-9771. Daily 10 am.-6 p.m. Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery, 2470 Calle de Guadalupe, 522-2933. Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Potteries, 2260 Calle de Santiago, 524-0538. Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Rokoko, 1785 Avenida de Mercado, 405-8877. Las Cruces Blue Gate Gallery, 4901 Chagar (intersection of Valley Drive and Taylor Road, open by appointment, 5232950. Camino Real Book Store and Art Gallery, 314 South Tornillo St. 5233988. Thursday to Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Cottonwood Gallery, 275 N. Downtown Mall (Southwest Environmental Center), 522-5552. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Cutter Gallery, 2640 El Paseo, 5410658. Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Justus Wright Galeria, 266 W. Court Ave., 526-6101, jud@delvalleprintinglc. com. Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m.5:30 p.m. Las Cruces Arts Association, Community Enterprise Center Building, 125 N. Main St. www. Las Cruces Museum of Art, 491 N. Main St., 541-2137. Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m.4:30 p.m. Main Street Gallery, 311 N. Main St., 647-0508. Tuesday to Friday. 10 a.m.5 p.m., Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Mesquite Art Gallery, 340 N. Mesquite St., 640-3502. Thursday to Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 2-5 p.m. M. Phillip’s Fine Art Gallery, 221 N. Main St., 525-1367. New Dimension Art Works, 615 E. Piñon, 373-0043, 410-925-9126. By Appointment. NMSU Art Gallery, Williams Hall, University Ave. east of Solano, 6462545. Tuesday to Sunday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Nopalito’s Galeria, 326 S. Mesquite. Friday to Sunday, 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Ouida Touchön Studio, 2615 Calle de Guadalupe, 635-7899. By appointment. ouida@ouidatouchon. com, www.ouidatouchon. com. Quillin Studio and Gallery, behind downtown Coas Books, 575-3121064. By appointment only. Tombaugh Gallery, Unitarian Universalist Church, 2000 S. Solano, 522-7281. Wednesday to Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. or by appointment. Unsettled Gallery & Studio, 905 N. Mesquite, 635-2285. Wednesday, noon-5 p.m.; Thursday to Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Virginia Maria Romero Studio, 4636 Maxim Court, 644-0214. By appointment., www. Deming Deming Arts Center, 100 S. Gold St., 546-3663. Tuesday to Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Gold Street Gallery, 112-116 S. Gold St., 546-8200. Open Monday to

Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Call first to be sure they are open. Orona Art Studio, 546-4650. By appointment. lyntheoilpainter@gmail. com, Reader’s Cove Used Books & Gallery, 200 S. Copper, 544-2512. Monday to Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Photography by Daniel Gauss. Studio LeMarbe, 4025 Chaparral SE, 544-7708. By appointment. Rodeo Chiricahua Gallery, 5 Pine St.,5572225. Open daily except Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hillsboro Barbara Massengill Gallery, 8949511/895-3377, open weekends and by appointment. Ruidoso Art Ruidoso Gallery, 575-808-1133,, 127 Rio St. Ruidoso. The Adobe, 2905 Sudderth Drive, 2575795. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. DJ’s Jewelry, 618 Carrizo Canyon Road, 630-1514. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Specializing in turquoise, Native American traditional, New Mexican contemporary and estate jewelry. Earth-N-Stone, 2117 Sudderth Drive, Ste. 14, 257-2768., 808-1157. Pottery studio/gallery of Alan Miner. Gazebo Potters, 2117 Sudderth Drive No. 7, 808-1157. Pottery classes, workshops, wheel time, kiln firing, works by local potters. Josie’s Framery, 2917 Sudderth Drive, 257-4156. Framing, gallery representing regional artists and photographers. LongCoat Fine Art, 2825 Sudderth Drive (at Mechem), 257-9102. Monday through Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Contemporary Masters and historical works of art. Burnett Interiors showroom. Mountain Arts, 2530 Sudderth Drive, 257-9748, www.mountainartsgallery. com. Daily, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tanner Tradition, 624 Sudderth Drive., 257-8675. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Quality Native American art and jewelry. Thunder Horse Gallery, 200 Mechem Drive, Ste. 1, 257-3989. info@ Tuesday to Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Bronze sculpture by Rory Combs, Sarinova Glass and fine art. The White Dove, 2825 Sudderth Drive, No. A (at Mechem), 866-257-6609, Daily, 9:30 a.m-4 p.m. Authentic Native American jewelry and artifacts. Kenneth Wyatt Galleries of Ruidoso, 2205 Sudderth Drive, 257-1529, Fine art by the Wyatt family. Ruidoso Downs Pinon Pottery, MM. 26465 U.S. Hwy. 70, 937-0873, 937-1822, www. Pottery by Vicki Conley and other area artists, fine art by Anita Keegan and Virgil Stephens. Alamogordo Creative Designs Custom Framing & Gallery, 575-434-4420, 917 New York Ave. Patron’s Hall/Flickinger Center for Performing Arts, 575-434-2202, 1110 New York Ave. Tularosa Horse Feathers, 318 Granado St. 575585-4407. Art, southwest furniture and decor. The Merc, 316 Granado St. 505-2386469. Art gifts by regional artists, books. Carrizozo Heart of the Raven, 415 Twelfth St., 937-7459, www.JudyPekelsmacom. Functional and decorative pottery, classes. Lincoln Old Lincoln Gallery, across from Visitor’s Center in Lincoln, 653-4045. Coffee bar featuring 45 New Mexico artists. Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. San Patricio Hurd La Rinconada, MM 281 U.S. Hwy. 70, 653-4331, www. Monday through Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Works by Peter Hurd, Henriette Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, N.C. Wyeth and resident artist, Michael Hurd. White Oaks White Oaks Pottery, 445 Jicarilla Drive (three miles past White Oaks), 648-2985. Daily 10 a.m-5 p.m. Porcelainpottery by Ivy Heymann.


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Pat Lawrence’s art is part of the exhibition planned for the Downtown Las Cruces February Art Ramble.

town Las Cruces, for Love of Art Month. The Association is exhibiting works by Pat Lawrence, plus Unique Furniture and Religious Altars, hand-painted by the Las Cruces Arts Association members as well as their own works of art. All the art, furniture and altars will be for sale. Lawrence is from  Roscommon, Michigan. She moved to Las Cruces for the winters in 1998 and has worked in oils, lapidary, pottery, ceramics, stained glass, glass Mosaic and woodcarving. She has taught watercolor and is currently teaching stained glass and glass mosaics at the Munson Center.   • Las Cruces artist Kathleen Deasy, oils and mixed media, will be combining her love of art with her love for animals again for the 2018 Love of Art Studio Tours. She will be donating 15 percent of her sales to Cat’s

Meow a Las Cruces based all feline rescue, adoption and education center. Two artists will be joining Kathleen at her studio this year for Love of Art Month, Karen Currier, gourd artist, and Ruth Drayer acrylic artist. Deasy’s studio is at 625 Van Patten Ave will be open Feb. 3, 4, 17, 18 for studio tours. Info: 828-4679060. • In conjunction with Las Cruces’s For the Love of Art Month, five local women artists, known as the Gypsy Sage Artists showcase their recent works through Feb. 25  at  Nopalito’s  Galeria, located at 310 South Mesquite Street in the historic Mesquite district of Las Cruces. The Gypsy Sage Artists include longtime friends and fellow artists Kat  Ahlefeld, Laurie Churchill, Sue  Feinsod, Marj Leininger and Wendy Robin Weir.  They work in a range of different media — from glass and watercolor, to acrylics, fiber, and colored pencil. Kate Fennel Carlson has also been invited to exhibit her repurposed furniture and leather gift items. The exhibit opening, and recep tion is from 4-9 p.m., Friday, Feb. 2. Gallery hours throughout February are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and noon-4 p.m. Sundays. Info: 575-650-7543. • Rokoko Art Gallery  presents  the opening of a mixed media exhibit titled “Opposites Attract.” The exhibit closes Saturday, March 17. The gallery is located in Mesilla at 1785 Avenida de Mercado (cross street Calle de Alvarez). Info: at 575-5225553.  • Rhoda Winters will be hosting an Open Studio along with Linda Hagen, Linda Reeder-Sanchez, and Beth Landers Chidester. As a part of the Love of Art Month Studio Tour, the studio will be open on the first two weekends in February from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays, 4205 Hoff-

mann Dr #1, in Las Cruces. Info: 575-640-1365 or rhodarenee@ • Las Cruces artist Connie June Garcia (1950-2017) had a creative flair and a love of art that is evident in her work. Featured in the Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum’s Arts Corridor through April 1, she expressed her creativity through tile, foil, drawing, contemporary painting, cards and more. Connie began creating her artwork in the 1970s, starting with batik art, which she sold at art shows throughout the U.S. The museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road in Las Cruces. Regular hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Info: 575-522-4100, www. 14 Photo: MVFAG my masterpiece • The Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery, 2470-A Calle de Guadalupe, Mesilla, across from the Fountain Theatre, is holding a reception from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10 to celebrate “For the Love of Art” month. The artists of the Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery join each year to create fabulous “fakes” for their annual “My Masterpiece” Contest. Artists pay tribute to their favorite artist and you have an opportunity to show off your art knowledge and impress your loved ones. The “Masterpieces” and clues will be on display through February. A contest sheet will be provided for participants to match the artwork and clues with the famous artist the work is emulating. The person with the most correct answers will win a $50 gift certificate from La Posta Restaurant in Mesilla. The featured artists for the month of February are Sue Ann Glenn and Arlene J. Tugel. Both artists are accomplished watercolorists. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Sunday. Info: 575-522-2933 or

Calling for artists and filmmakers • The Town of Mesilla seeks artists to participate in this year’s For the Love of Art celebration 205 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, on the historic plaza, 2170 Calle de Parian. Live performance by local band Smoove Groove. Artists will have the option to showcase their work. Those artists who wish to sell their work will need to have a current business license with the Town of Mesilla or purchase one prior to the day of the event. Eligibility: Work must be original and created by the displaying artist. Artist must be present during the event. No imported, kit or commercial objects accepted. The deadline to register is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6. Info: Irene E. Parra, 575-524-3262 ext. 116 or email Applications are available at Town Hall, 2231 Avenida de Mesilla or visit www. • The Tombaugh Gallery calls for submissions from artists with-

in a 300-mile radius of Las Cruces for 2019 exhibitions. Non-traditional media or subject matter is welcome. Submissions, postmarked by April 1, must include a letter of proposal with information about the artist, type of work to be shown and USB flash drive containing eight representative images as JPG files. For group shows, supply a list of all members and one or two images from each member. If a show theme is being considered, explain the theme fully. Applicants will be notified by May 1 and show dates will be discussed. Artists who prefer to send an electronic submission may contact Judy Licht at jelicht@ for instructions. Address submissions to Judy Licht, Committee Chairperson, c/o Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces, P.O. Box 7749, Las Cru-


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continued from page 18 ces, NM 88006. Gallery Website: tombaugh-art-gallery. • The Las Cruces Museum of Art, in collaboration with the University Art Gallery at New Mexico State University, seeks submissions for “Here and Now,” a regional exhibition to feature art in all media. The exhibition will be presented by the Museum of Art and the University Art Gallery May 11 through July 21, 2018. Online submissions will be accepted Jan. 15 through March 30, 2018. For more information, visit uag. • Teen Chaos Collaboration with the City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department seeks teen artists to submit their artwork for the third annual “Chaos Collaboration,” an art show with music performances for teens by teens, aimed at bringing a fresh perspective to local culture. Exhibit will be Feb. 23-24, Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, 304 W. Bell St. Artist reception with musical performances will be 5-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23. The public is invited from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, to view the art, listen to live music, watch live screen-printing and more. Info: 575-541-2454. • For a Winter festival, Beverly Hills Hall & Cantina is looking for art vendors, body-painting artists, antique vendors, tattoo artists, auto mural artists and food vendors for its first Winter Wine and Beer Festival to be held Feb. 24. Cost: $50 or $25 and a silent auction item. Info: Victor Perez at 575-621-9164. • The Grant County Art Guild invites all Grant County artists to enter the 5th Annual Southwest Birds Show. The subject of the show is bird-themed art. This is a juried show to be judged in three categories: 2D art (includes acrylics, oils, watercolors, pastels, drawing and collage), 3D art (includes pottery, sculpture, jewelry, fabric arts and stained glass) and photography. The show will run March 1-31 at Bear Mountain Lodge, 60 Bear Mountain Ranch Road, Silver City, NM 88061. Entry fee for non-Guild members is $20 for two entries. Entries may be across categories. Deadline for submissions is Feb. 25. For more information and to submit entries contact Jackie Blurton at 575-5349400, • The MERC, a fine art and gift shop co-operative, 316 Granado St. in Tularosa, is seeking new artists. There are two levels of participation with varying levels of commitment and obligation. Interested artists can email founder, Darryl Willison at greatrepnm@ • Borderlands Film Festival, a multi-city celebration bringing the best in independent films from around the world, is calling for submissions are currently being taken through Film Freeway for the six-day event in southern New Mexico, Oct. 2-7. Festival organizers also looking for sponsors and volunteers to help bring the dream to life. For more information visit To discover more,

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call 575-408-9026 or send an email to • The 2018 Desert Light Film Festival, held on Friday, April 27, in Alamogordo is welcoming young filmmakers to submit their work to the festival. Desert Light is open to all New Mexico high school and middle school students, including students who attend public, private or charter schools, or who are home schooled. Submit films anytime from now until Friday, March 16. Entry fees are $5 per film. For more information, contact K. Jan Wafful, Otero County Film Liaison at or Joan Griggs at griggs1331@ • New Mexico Potters and Clay Artists (NMPCA) is calling for entries into “Resonations in Clay - Life on the Bosque.” This show is open to all ceramic artists over the age of 18 residing in New Mexico. Clay must be the primary medium - functional and sculptural, from traditional to contemporary, realistic to conceptual, small to large, and pedestal to wall, focusing on the Bosque’s changing four seasons broadly interpreting nature’s cycle of life on the Rio Grande River: wildlife, bird migrations, agriculture, from seed to harvest, and farm to table. Exhibit jurors are Virgil Ortiz, Camilla Trujillo, and Kim Eichhorst, PhD. Apply at www. Submission deadline is April 20. The Gallery Opening Reception is July 7, 2018, from 2-4 p.m. at Albuquerque’s Open Space Visitor Center located at 6500 Coors Blvd. NW. Exhibit runs July 7 through Sept. 30. Contact claybosque@nmpca. com for information. • New Mexico’s veterans are invited to show off their talents in the 15th annual Veterans Creative Arts Festival to be held Feb. 26 through March 2 at the Raymond G. Murphy Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 1501 San Pedro Dr. SE, Albuquerque. Main divisions for the festival are Music, Art, Creative Writing, Drama and Dance. Local winners go on to compete at the national level via digital images and videotape. The Visual Arts entries will be on display from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 27-28, and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 1 in the Recreation Hall (Building 2). The Performance Arts competition takes place from 1-3 p.m. on March 2 in the Education Auditorium (Building 39). A closing ceremony is set for 1-2 p.m. on March 1 in the Recreation Hall. First-place winners from local competition may be invited to the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival taking place in Des Moines, Iowa during the week of Oct. 29 to Nov. 5. Veterans can pick up their applications in the medical center’s Recreation Hall. Applications also are available by calling Sheila Kay Johnson at 505-265-1711, ext. 4208 Veterans calling from outside of Albuquerque may call toll free at 1-800-4658262, ext. 4208. Applications and entries will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 20-23 in the Recreation Hall. Visit the Creative Arts Festival Website at for more information.

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A Frontier

Ben Rasmussen and Wendell Hahn walk through Hahn’s pasture land discussing holistic ranching techniques. (Photos by Jay Hemphill)

Food Hub Project brings local produce to local consumers



he ATV wouldn’t start but the sun was shining and the roads were dry enough for the little Ford Focus to make the brief trek to Wendell’s pasture land, just a few minutes from his front door in Gila. We pulled up, opened a few gates and that’s when they came running. A huge black swarm of cows, running towards us from a nearby tree line, toward a form they recognized and trusted. As they approached us in the nearly knee-high, ultra-lush green grass a few of them bucked in excitement, these were happy cows accustomed to wide open spaces, little to no stress and plentiful food. When they noticed two strangers, myself and local photographer Jay Hemphill, they stopped and formed a half circle around us, unsure and cautious. Jay and I came out to Wendell’s Gila River Ranch as part of the Local Food Promotion Project Comida Buena which is a USDA funded program awarded to the Silver City based non-profit, the National Center for Frontier Communities, in 2016. The overall goal of the project is to increase local food production and sales through education, outreach, distribution and marketing of local products. Wendell has been ranching more than 10 years and got into it because he read about the health benefits of pasture-raised meats and the potential for building rangeland soils. His meticulousness about his ranch operation from the ground up represents the very best of our southwest New Mexico food system; dedication, integrity, mastery. The idea for a “know your grower” campaign came up in conversation between Mike Madigan, assistant manag-

er for the Silver City Food Co-op and myself in my role as a Frontier Communities program specialist, and we discussed ways to bring in more local products. “Our community is the heart of the co-op.” Mike said. “It’s a place where the community comes together and feels connected. The connection is very visible between our staff and customers. Now, the folks in our region who are producing some of the foods we sell are also visible. These are our friends and neighbors.” Though remote, farmers in the four-county region produce an estimated $22 million worth of food crops per year while only utilizing 2 percent of cropland for food production. Seventy-two percent of regional farmers report sales of less than $50,000 a year. Despite the output from local farms, only about 1 percent of the product reaches local markets and most of the production is destined for large processors or distributors. Many growers cite a perceived lack of market potential for local food products as one reason for the lack of production. Through NCFC’s 2015 Food Hub Feasibility study, we discovered that residents of Catron, Grant, Hidalgo and Luna counties spend about $9.9 million per year on fresh fruits and vegetables, if we could capture just 10 percent of that total, we could add a million dollars per year to the local economy and increase food security along the way. However, local markets can be tough to enter for small producers. Many grocery chains such as Walmart and Albertsons require the vendor to sell to their headquarters and require contracts, high volumes and pay little.

Additionally, navigating the current landscape of food safety laws and business permits while trying to find adequate markets is a burden to many small and midsize growers. So, we need to be creative if we want to grow our local food economy. In addition to the Silver City Food Co-op and a handful of supportive restaurants in the region there is great potential in nearby metropolitan areas for local food sales. And while it’s prohibitively expensive for a small grower to drive several hours one way to deliver a harvest to Albuquerque, Phoenix, Las Cruces or Santa Fe, if we aggregate products from several growers and distribute it we can save on transportation costs. We tested this model of operation through a series of distributions completed in spring 2017 and sales took off so quickly that we had to halt to gain the necessary certifications, start-up capital, insurance and equipment. The plan is to resume operations in the next couple of months. We are calling it The Southwest New Mexico Food Hub. Our largest markets are in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, where we can cheaply ship boxes of vegetables on an existing freight line on a weekly basis. We didn’t engage in additional marketing because with our capacity at the time, we were maxed out. However, demand far outweighs supply, which in our case is a good problem to have. While at Wendell’s we discussed ways to increase his sales through the hub and direct marketing. He ex-

plained his pasture management techniques of not using any fertilizers in favor of rotational grazing and that his alfalfa fields are just as productive, if not more, than those of his conventional neighbors. In addition to his yield, his soil is looking better and richer every season. Jay and I drove to Deming to visit with Lisa and Francisco of Eden’s Gardens. Eden’s Gardens has been selling to the co-op for several years and are perhaps best known in Silver City for their melons, which arrive sweet, ripe and fly off the shelves. Francisco and Lisa started gardening a few years ago after a health scare and they wanted to eat more fruits and vegetables but were unhappy with the choices in the local grocery stores. So they started a small plot. Soon after they had more food than they knew what to do with, so they began selling at the Las Cruces Farmers Market and eventually found their way to the coop. Francisco grew up in a small village in northern Mexico and has raised food since he could walk. They currently grow a wide variety of annual vegetables and a few fruits. As we walked through the farm he explained how each of the beds gradually came to be over the years as they needed more produce to bring to the market. What amazes me about Francisco’s operation is that even with dozens of varieties of plants, each row, each bed and each tree looked to be in optimal health. The chiles were a deep red with

vibrant leaves, the kale tled under shade cloth proud and the squash out wide in every dir of aphids, mites, mild affliction. Part of their motiva the farm was to avo everything at Eden’s without them. “My soil gets bett Francisco said. “I just and use my chicken m compost from the farm He went on to exp never had a significa and he attributes that and soil health. Each with many different Even weeds can stay. Using business sav on the connection th customers, Francisco reached a sweet spot tion where they are a everything they grow resumes operations, w Eden’s Gardens to product around the re Just down the road and Lisa’s is Rockhou Jason, Lisa’s brother. Jason has three gree main in production a and several acres of spinach, onions and ok al competition at his us desire to increase prod sell a lot of food throug “Ideally, I am loo


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Francisco is showing his nearly ripe eggplant in one of his beds in Deming.

Jason and Lisa Nicoll in their greenhouse near Deming.

production,” Jason said. “The reason I haven’t done so yet, is I didn’t know where to sell it without driving several hours.” During our test distributions, we sold a few hundred pounds of Jason’s famous cherry tomatoes which have a sweetness that can’t be matched. The tomatoes found new fans across the state. A Silver City restaurant, Revel, made weekly purchases of the variety through the hub. Revel, along with other restaurants and retailers in southwest New Mexico aim to keep their menu as fresh and local as possible. The hub makes it easier for them to do so by providing a one-stop shop for local produce. When growers like Jason, who are looking to increase their production but need help selling, Comida Buena steps in to offer crop coordination advice so they know what the hub will be able to buy. Additionally, the hub will offer a full line of consulting services free to growers through the duration of the project to help them reach their business goals. We are also going to be holding a series of trainings aimed at new and beginning growers. In total, Jay and I visited 12 producers across three counties. As a region we are fortunate to have a strong foundation to build on. And while the future for existing growers looks promising, there is much more that we can do. We know through our extensive studies and on-the-ground experience that there is potential to have a much

larger, more vibrant food system in the area, but it must start with local shoppers and businesses supporting local agriculture. We asked Jason what he wanted to tell food shoppers in the region and without missing a beat he replied: “There are no higher standards than local. While many small growers may not have an organic certification, we hold ourselves to the highest standards because we eat this food as well and for many of us, it was the reason we began growing in the first place.” Indeed, what I want to convey with this project is that when you support local agriculture, you are not only helping to make our local economy more resilient, you are also supporting an artisan who has spent years honing their craft and are getting the absolute highest quality product for your dollar. We truly have some of the most amazing farmers in the region, from holistic, grass-fed cattle ranches to horse-powered diverse vegetable operations and everything in between. If diversity is the key to a healthy and resilient ecosystem, then our food system is poised to flourish even among great changes in the national landscape. Ben Rasmussen is a program specialist for the Silver City based National Center for Frontier Communities and can be reached at brasmussen@

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Wendell Hahn in his pasture near Gila.

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Dorado, the Swordfish


178 light-years away, and its large physical size. It is an old red giant star nearing the end of its life. It is so large, that if it were in our Solar System, it’s atmosphere would reach almost to the orbit of Jupiter, 370 times the diameter of our Sun. As a variable star, its magnitude varies from magnitude +4.8 to +6.6, making it barely visible in our sky. Our eyes are only sensitive to a small part of the electromagnetic spectrum, but the surface of this particular star is very cool for a star. This moves most of its emissions from the visual part of the spectrum to the infrared. While this star is not very bright to our eyes, in the infrared part of the spectrum this is one of the brightest objects in the sky. This star is a Mira-type variable. 201 comes from the star Its variability 7S umsmaller as the getting larger and me Spevaries amount of fusion in its rcore ciaits erratically as it near the end of l active fusing. As the core puts out a little more energy, the star expands slightly becoming brighter. When the core produces a little less energy, the star contracts and becomes dimmer. 311 Marr Truth or Consequences, NM 87901 This constellation is not in the 575-894-3148 Milky Way, but instead of containing just a small part of our own Find us on Facebook for our galaxy, it contains over half of a nearby galaxy, the Larger Magellanic Cloud (LMC). This galaxy was once a barred spiral galaxy, but gravitational interaction with its nearby neighbor, the Small lanic Cloud have disrupted the spiOr come and enjoy the “living” waters ral arms leaving the galaxy looking more like an elliptical galaxy. in our hot spring pools. This galaxy occupies an ellipse that is 10.75 degrees by 9.17 de Join us for our FREE Spring Break concerts in grees. It appears so large because the Courtyard at La Paloma Hot Springs & Spa  it is very near our own Milky Way Galaxy, only about 163,000 lightyears away. It is much smaller than the Milky Way, containing only Saturday, March 10th, 7pm                         about 10 percent to 25 percent of Wednesday, March 14th, 7pm the mass of our own galaxy. Make your lodging Between the center of the LMC reservations early! and its northern edge is area of glowing nebulosity that has a hole in it. The central area is occupied

wordfish can be found throughout Earth’s oceans. From the North Atlantic to the South Pacific, these long-nose fish were spotted by Dutch explorers Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman on their exploratory voyage to Sumatra in the late 16th century. They not only brought back stories of the swordfish, but a catalog of the stars near the South Celestial Pole. Petrus Plancius took their catalog of stars and created 12 new constellations, which appeared on a 14-inch diameter celestial globe published in late 1597. Among them was a swordfish which graces our evening sky. This far-south constellation of Dorado only rises part way in our southern sky, thrusting

its tail into the air while the fish’s sword never rises above the southern horizon. The stars in this constellation are on the fainter side, with the brightest star, the blue-white Alpha Doradus shining at magnitude 3.3. This is actually a binary star composed of two large stars that are almost the same size. The primary star is spectral type A0 while the secondary is B9. Since B and A are adjacent in the spectral sequence (large to small: O, B, A, F, G, K, M), a B9 is just slightly bigger than an A0. These two are 169 light-years away. The variable star R Doradus in this constellation has the largest apparent diameter in our sky after the Sun, 0.057 second-of-arc across. This is a result being nearby, only

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Dorado, the Swordfish, only rises halfway on our southern horizon before it starts to set again. This far-south constellation contains a little more than half of the largest apparent galaxy in our sky, the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC). This object appears as a small cloud in the night sky, hence the name. The other half of the LMC is in neighboring Mensa.

Calendar of Events – FEBRUARY 2018 (MST) 07 8:54 a.m. 15 2:05 p.m. 17 5 a.m. 23 1:09 a.m.

Last Quarter Moon New Moon-partial solar eclipse over Antarctica and southern South America Mercury passes the far side of the Sun First Quarter Moon

by a small cluster of about 40 hot, massive, blue-white stars. The cluster is called N44. The light from these stars has pushed the dust and gas outward from the center, creating an empty bubble in the gas. This bubble of empty space is a thousand light-years across. This is such a large volume that astronomers call this a superbubble. It is also thought that supernova explosions of the most massive stars in N44’s central cluster have also contributed to clearing the superbubble.

The Planets for February 2018 Mercury and Venus are too close to the Sun to be seen this month. Venus moves from eastern Capricornus to eastern Aquarius this month. Meanwhile Mercury travels from western Capricornus to eastern Aquarius, passing on the far side of the Sun on Feb. 17. The first planet to grace February skies is Jupiter, rising around

12:30 a.m. in the east-southeast. The King of the Gods is moving slowly eastward in central Libra. At midmonth, it shines at magnitude -2.1 with a disc that is 37.4 secondsof-arc across. As it starts to get light, Jupiter will be 40 degrees up in the south. Mars shines with a ruddy light at magnitude +1.0 as it moves eastward from north-central Scorpius to southeastern Scorpius. Rising around 2 a.m. in the east-southeast, it will be 34 degrees above the southern horizon east of Jupiter as it gets light. The God of War’s disc will be 6.1 seconds-of-arc across at midmonth. Moving eastward in north-central Sagittarius, Saturn shines at magnitude +0.6. It rises just before 4 a.m. At midmonth, Saturn’s Rings are tilted down 26 degrees with the northern face showing and they are 35.2 seconds-of-arc across. The Ringed Planet’s disc is 15.5 sec-


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Grant County Weekly Events SUNDAYS Archaeology Society — First Sunday of every month, field trip. 536-3092, whudson43@ MONDAYS AARP Widowed and Single Persons of Grant County —10:30 a.m., second Monday, Cross Point Assembly of God Church. All singles welcome. Contact Sally, 537-3643. Al-Anon family group, New Hope —12:05 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 20th and Swan St., Silver City. Open meeting. Contact: 5344866 or 574-2311. Meditation for Beginners — 5:30 p.m., Lotus Center, 211 W. Broadway. Jeff, 956-6647. Silver City Squares — Dancing 7-9 p.m., Presbyterian Church, 1915 N. Swan St. Kay, 388-4227, or Linda, 534-4523. TUESDAYS Alzheimer’s/Dementia Support —1:30 p.m., First Tuesday, Senior Center. Margaret, 388-4539. Bayard Historic Mine Tour —9:30 a.m., Second Tuesday, meet at Bayard City Hall, 800 Central Ave. $5 fee covers two-hour bus tour of historic mines plus literature and map. Call 537-3327 for reservation. Figure/Model Drawing — 4-6 p.m. Contact Sam, 3885583. First Tuesday, 6 p.m. at the headquarters, next to the Chevron/Snappy Mart in Arenas Valley. Dan Larson, 654-4884. Multiple Sclerosis Support Group — 11:30 a.m., first Tuesday at a local restaurant; email for this month’s location: huseworld@yahoo. com. PFLAG Silver City — First Tuesday, 7 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 3845 N. Swan. Confidential support for LGBTQ persons and their families. 575-590-8797. Republican Party of Grant County — 6 p.m., second Monday, 3 Rio de Arenas Road (the old Wrangler restaurant). Slow Flow Yoga — 11:30 a.m.12:45 p.m., Lotus Center, 211 W. Broadway, Becky Glenn, 404-234-5331. Southwest New Mexico Quilters Guild – 9:30 a.m., first Tuesday, Grant County Extension Office, 2610 N. Silver Street, North entrance. Newcomers and visitors are welcome. 388-8161. WEDNESDAYS Al-Anon family group — 6 p.m., Arenas Valley Church of Christ, 5 Race Track Road, Arenas Valley (the old radio station). Open meeting. Contact: Karen 3137094 Archaeology Society — 6 p.m., third Wednesday every month, October-March at the Woman’s Club, 313 Hwy. 180; April-September meeting begins with a

pot-luck dinner at 6 p.m., convening for business at 7 p.m. Locations vary. 5363092, whudson43@yahoo. com. Babytime Sing & Play — 1 p.m., Silver City Public Library, 515 W. College Avenue. Stories, songs, rhymes and movement for infants 0-12 months and their caregivers. Free, no registration necessary. 5383672 or ref @silvercitymail. com. Back Country Horsemen — 6 p.m., second Wednesday, WNMU Watts Hall, opposite CVS Pharmacy, Hwy. 180. Subject to change. 574-2888. A Course in Miracles — 7:15 p.m., 600 N. Hudson. Information, 534-9172 or 534-1869. Future Engineers — 4-5 p.m. Silver City Public Library, 515 W. College Avenue. Free creative construction fun with Lego, K’NEX, and Strawbees! For children ages 6-12, no registration necessary. 5383672 or ref@silvercitymail. com. Gilawriters — 1:00-3 p.m., Silver City Food Co-op’s Market Café Community Room, 615 N. Bullard St. Contact Trish Heck, trish. or call 5340207. Gin Rummy —1 p.m. at Tranquil Buzz, corner of Yankie and Texas Streets in Silver City. Grant County Democratic Party —5:30 p.m., potluck; 6:20 p.m., meeting, second Wednesday, Sen. Howie Morales building, 3060 E. Hwy. 180. 654-6060. Ladies Golf Association — 8 a.m. tee time, Silver City Golf Course. Prostate Cancer Support Group —6:30 p.m., third Wednesday, Gila Regional Medical Center Conference Room. 388-1198 ext. 10. Storytime — 10:30 a.m., Silver City Public Library, 515 W. College Avenue. For children ages 0-5, no registration necessary. 538-3672 or ref@ Grant County Federated Republican Women – 11:30 a.m., Third Wednesday, WNMU Cafeteria, Sunset Room. 313-7997. THURSDAYS ARTS Anonymous —5:30 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 3845 N. Swan St. Artists recovering through the 12 Steps. 534-1329. Blooming Lotus Meditation — 5:30 p.m., Lotus Center, 211 W. Broadway. 313-7417, De-stressing Meditations — Noon-12:45 p.m., New Church of the SW Desert, 1302 Bennett St. 313-4087. Grant County Rolling Stones Gem and Mineral Society —6 p.m., second Thursday, 2045 Memory Lane, Silver City. Anita, 907-830-0631. Historic Mining District & Tourism Meeting — 10 a.m., second Thursday, Bayard Community Center, 290

Hurley Ave., Bayard. 5373327. Little Artist Club — 10:3011:30 a.m., Silver City Public Library, 515 W. College Avenue. Free creative fun for children ages 0-5. No registration necessary. 5383672 or ref@silvercitymail. com. TOPS — 5 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, 1915 Swan, 538-9447. Vinyasa Flow Yoga — 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Lotus Center at 211 W. Broadway, Becky Glenn, 404-234-5331. WildWorks Youth Space — 4 p.m. For children ages 10+ Space for youth to hang out, experiment, create and more. Free, no registration necessary. Silver City Public Library, 515 W. College Avenue, 538-3672 or ref@ Yoga class — Free class taught by Colleen Stinar. 1-2 p.m. Episcopal Church fellowship hall, Seventh and Texas. 574-5451.


continued from page 22 onds-of-arc across. There will be a partial solar eclipse on Feb. 15. It is only visible from Antarctica and southern South America. This is the last eclipse of the first eclipse season of 2018. The second and last eclipse season will be in July and August, but none of the three eclipses that occur during

that period will be visible from the desert Southwest. Enjoy this month’s morning planets and keep watching the sky! An amateur astronomer for more than 45 years, Bert Stevens is co-director of Desert Moon Observatory in Las Cruces.

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Time to Get Prepared

Look to the animals as disasters may happen


hese days it seems we can’t go even a week without hearing about some natural disaster someplace in the world — fires, floods, hurricanes, extreme cold, mudslides, earthquakes, the list goes on and on. We see loss of human life, property and the economic consequences of such devastat-

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times to keep our fire seasons a maybe by someone who doesn’t bit more manageable, but not so know a quick release knot or much that we’ve had to deal with simply ties the wrong one in a widespread flash flooding and all chaotic situation. If you can’t that can come with those condi- tie your horse and create a lot tions. But, looking around at the of energy around him – noise, growth from last year’s rains and machines, loud voices, lots of an obvious dry period beginning movement – then you need to again, with long range forecasts work on improving this – doing indicating that hotter, drier con- it safely and correctly with proditions are the new normal in gressive desensitization. Have you done enough high the Southwest, planning for the inevitable just seems to make pressure sensory work? It’s your responsibility to help your sense. For those of us with horses, I horse live in our world, with all thought it might make sense to the sights, sounds and surprises revisit some points I made in a that can be frightening to a flight column six years ago. As I al- animal. Learn the techniques for ways like to say to people, just the safe presentation of objects like your horse isn’t responsible and pressure, and constantly for “taking care of you” when you challenge your horse with new ride (it’s the other way around!), things. This is what teaches your your horse isn’t responsible for horse to trust your guidance and decision making under pressure, his own safety in an emergency. and it will make a big difference Think about things like this: What’s the condition of your in an emergency. Just shaking horse facility? We generally a bag at you horse a few times think about defensible space doesn’t do it. He needs to be able and drainage around ourMassage homes, to deal with noise, power tools, Professional Foot but such things are important Profound Relaxation ropes, plastic, and energy above, for your horses too. Given that below and behind him. You can’t horses will strip your property Malika Crozier, C.R. do this work enough. Can you ground drive your bare if given the chance, it’s 575-534-9809 easy to overlook all the other things horse? How does this relate to By appointment...Silver that could ignite in your City, horseNMan emergency situation? Many Where is your hay stored, rescue techniques require ropes, Young Living Essential Oils Independent Dist. #2107 straps and web slings to move a do you have equipment with fuel Compliments all Healing Modalities or flammable liquids nearby, are horse in ways that mimic what there trees that are dead and you do in ground driving. A resshould be removed? You might cue worker might need to be also think about your fencing – 10-20 feet away for safety reawould it allow a panicked horse sons, holding straps and applyto get free without a major inju- ing pressure to get the horse to ry? Also, how accessible is your move, either forward, backward or sideways. There may be straps trailer for a fast load and exit? Is your horse truly hal- all around the horse’s body. This ter-broke? I can promise you is exactly what we do when we that every owner says “yes” to teach a horse to ground drive, this question because they can and a horse that is comfortable walk out, put a halter on their with it will be much easier to hanhorse and lead him somewhere. dle and safer for any rescue team. Is your horse comfortable in Instead, think about it like this – can you lead your horse, softly, both eyes? I’m still amazed at from any body part? That’s the the number of horses that get real definition of a halter-broke nervous or excited when you do horse. Can you lead him by an anything in their off eye, usualear, one leg, his tail, his chin? In ly the right side. Imagine if your an emergency with a frightened horse is in an emergency situahorse, you may not be able to tion where you can ONLY work get a halter on, but you still have in his off eye? No owner should to move or reposition him. You let their horse go through life may only be able to get a strap without being taught to handle around a single leg, maybe even real life on both sides of his just the tail. This is easy but over- body. Can you blindfold your horse? looked training – but critical for The eye of the horse is amazing a rescue ready horse. Does your horse really give or – it is the largest eye of any land yield softly to pressure, wher- mammal, it is made up of mostever it is applied? A horse that ly motion sensors and it is very yields softly to pressure will sensitive. In a heavy smoke sitbe much easier to handle in an uation, it will literally seal itself emergency, especially the slings shut and cannot be reopened and straps that may be necessary without being flushed. Given this, it is entirely possible that to catch or rescue the animal. Can you tie your horse and you may have to blindfold your have him stay calm under pres- horse to protect his eyes from sure? A halter-broke horse that smoke, fire embers or possibly gives to pressure will not pull sparks from a tool being used back in panic if he is tied. In an to free him. I have worked with emergency, your horse may get blind horses and have helped tied to an unfamiliar object, and people learn to blindfold their


horses for certain competitive events, so I know this is great training for you and your horse even if you never have to do it. Teach this in small steps, using old fly masks. It’s easy to sew on material that will make each old mask darker, and maybe have 3-4 mask that go from normal vision to no vision. The horse is already comfortable in a fly mask so this approach works really well. After you can safely blindfold your horse, you need to be able to do something with him. So, as you try each different mask on him, each one decreasing his vision a bit more, make sure you do some ground work with him. Ask him to back, walk over a tarp, over ground poles, maybe step in or out of your trailer. This is a great place to add verbal cues that will mean something when he has no vision at all. Don’t move to a darker mask until you and your horse are comfortable working together at the previous level. Just blindfolding the horse and having him stand still is not the goal – many horses can do this but simply freeze, or explode, when asked to move. What would happen on your property in a heavy rain or flash flood? Could you get to your horses, could you move them to high or dry ground? The kind of muddy and slippery conditions we can get here can be as dangerous to a horse as any fire, so knowing how water moves on your property is critical for the safety of your animals. We lost a wonderful horse during a routine environmental event when somebody didn’t understand just how lethal a mix of heavy rain and clay can become. Imagine what could happen in an actual disaster. Extreme environmental events come with energy, anxiety, fear and risk for you, your horse and anybody who has come to help. Taking steps now to better prepare your horse and yourself for a high stress situation, the more likely you’ll have a happy ending in a real emergency. Don’t wait for the robo-call to tell you danger is on the way. Practice these things now and on a regular basis – they’re all part of good horsemanship anyway - so even if you never face such an event, your efforts will lead to a better partnership with your horse. Scott Thomson lives in Silver City and teaches natural horsemanship and foundation training. You can contact him at of 575388-1830.


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Hidden Canyon

Finding a place through the cracks


ow – you might wonder – does a person from Germany know or find all these hikes in remote areas around New Mexico? Well, today I will let you in on a little secret. If you are a faithful reader of this column you might have heard me mention a hiking group before. Our group is called the “Jornada Hikers” and these hiking fans found to each other on the meetup website. Albeit the fact that there are hundreds of members in the group, only about 10 to 20 show up for a hike on any given day. You know how those things go. Good intentions are as far as most people will take it. And admittedly we’ve been more active at times and then slacked for months at a time. Either it was too hot or too cold or too windy or we were too busy with other stuff. In other words, life got in the way. But if and when we do go with them we have never regretted it. Instead we come home with another great new hiking experience and usually some fun stories to remember. The hike to Hidden Canyon was no exception. The drive out on Corralitos Road was rather long but once we parked the vehicles, Steve, our guide for that day pulled out a fresh home baked pumpkin bread for everyone to share. What a treat. And we hadn’t even hiked yet! The canyon’s name is aptly chosen, you wouldn’t even suspect it existed if you look from the road, but the entrance is only 100 yards away. The ground suddenly drops away where big boulders have tumbled down a ravine. Our group clambered down, some slow, some faster. At the bottom we waited for everyone to arrive and then headed up a side arm to the right. After a while — okay, a longish while — it lead to a waterfall structure. I call it structure, because no water was present when we were there in late November. But there definitely could be at other times of the year. I find it

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difficult to imagine the hike up the fall with actual water present. Maybe one would have to scramble up the sides. It took some arm strength to pull up over the smooth rocks, but we all managed. It was the most memorable spot on the hike, including a wonderful shady picnic spot under a big tree. After that climb the trail peters out and we bushwhacked our way back to our cars. If you are directionally challenged, don’t be afraid: You can see the vehicles in the distance, so you will know where to go. Except, Mother Nature has put several arroyos between you and your car and you will go up and down a few more times before you click that car door open. If you go: Take the airport exit on I-10 west of Las Cruces and follow the frontage road to Corralitos Road. Then you take that for 20.7 miles. Pull over to

the left and park. Walk away from the road and soon you come to the canyon entrance as described above. This hike is on the more strenuous side because of its steepness, although it’s less than 3 miles long. There is quite a bit of bouldering involved, so you should be surefooted and wear sturdy boots. Bring lots of water, not only for the hike itself but also the drive out there and back. It will take the better part of a day. Enjoy the trails! See you there! Of German origin, Gabriele Teich has called Las Cruces her home for almost 20 years — and loved every minute of it, hiking the mountains in the immediate surrounding area and all over this beautiful state.

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New Mexico’s Other Wild Horses


ur country prides itself on being a melting pot of diverse people with the shared goal of freedom. The parallel to the modern mustang with their mixture of breeds representing all parts of the world and similar quest for freedom, is extraordinary. When describing the subjects in the 1971 Wild Horse and Burro Act, how “they contribute to the diversity of life forms within the nation,” they could be describing us. And, just like the hardy early settlers survived, so did the mustang, thru perseverance and perpetual spirit. Today, many of these wild horses and burros are federally protected under the 1971 Act, but here in New Mexico, many are not. When the Spanish horses returned to the land of their ancestors, it was in the fertile valleys

The Beamers Band lives on Wild Horse Mesa, on the Colorado/ New Mexico border. (Photo courtesy Judy Barns, director of “Spirit of the Wild Horse” rescue and support organization)

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“ownerless,” who gave us the wild horses of today. Simultaneously, a cattle industry was evolving from the same fields; an industry that currently is protected by the New Mexico Livestock Board (NMLB). Even all those years ago, identifying the wild horses as ownerless prevented them from being classified as livestock. And, under current livestock code they still cannot be deemed as livestock because livestock are “domesticated animals that are used or raised on a farm or ranch (77-2-1.1.A).” One of the duties of the Livestock Board is to remove estrays (any domestic animal found wandering at large or lost, particularly if the owner is unknown). If unclaimed, the animal is sold or sent to auction where the majority of horses bought end up at slaughter in Mexico or Canada. While it may seem obvious that a wild horse does not fall under the jurisdiction of the Livestock Board, first it

must be proven that the horse is, indeed, wild. Until then, the horse is treated as estray. This was exactly the challenge facing the Placitas wild horses, who roam from open space park and private lands to the San Felipe Pueblo, and across 3,000 acres of Bureau of Land Management land, in a region where some of the first Spanish Colonial Horses grazed. Despite this BLM parcel being part of their habitat, they were not included in the BLM inventory when the 1971 Act was signed; therefore, they received no federal protection. Instead, the Livestock Board laid claim to them, along with hundreds of other free-roaming, unowned horses, under the estray laws of New Mexico. These are the very same estray laws that almost annihilated our wild horses in the mid-1900s, and in 2003, came back into play in Placitas, New Mexico, when the board removed and sold herd members on the grounds they were estray. Outraged, wild horse advocacy groups and local residents joined forces; working with New Mexico legislature to protect not only the Placitas horses, but all of New Mexico’s wild horses. In 2007, a new state law (NM Stat 77-185) was passed legally defining a New Mexico wild horse as “an unclaimed horse on public land that is not estray,” and that the wild horse must be evaluated and DNA tested to see if it is a Spanish Colonial Horse. If found to be a Spanish Colonial Horse it was to be relocated to an approved Spanish Colonial Horse preserve. If not, the wild horse would be relocated to public land, a preserve or adopted. Since the wild horse is not estray, it is not livestock, and therefore does not fall under the jurisdiction of the NMLB. While this provided the horses with some much-needed protection, the wording “public land” was vague – an ingredient for future disputes. The public land did not include federal land controlled by the BLM or USFS, state trust land, or private land. This gap, and as it is up to the discretion of the Livestock Board to identify a horse as wild, opened the door for the removals to continue. In 2014, along with a serious drought, the situation in Placitas escalated to new heights. After an estimated 30 horses were picked up by the board as estray livestock and sold at auction, a lawsuit was filed to have the Placitas herd legally deemed as wild in accordance with the new state law. The following year the NM Appellate Court ruled that “livestock” did not include undomesticated, unowned animals and that the Placitas horses were, indeed, legally wild, and should not have been removed. As required by the ruling, the Placitas horses were to be DNA tested and results from the first four herd members revealed a 91 percent-96 percent probability of Spanish bloodlines. Unfortunately, by this time the population had been so depleted the remaining horses barely comprised a vi-

able breeding herd. On a brighter note, many of the horses that had been removed during this time were provided sanctuary at the San Felipe Pueblo, and others did get to come home after being purchased by local residents. While a victory in the courtroom for future wild horses, it could not give back those horses removed what they had already lost, and for some it was their lives. In addition, because state law, and the Placitas ruling, had only addressed those horses on public land, there was still the question about unclaimed horses on private land, and if they are determined to be wild horses and relocated; what public land would they be able to legally roam? So, while we wait for Congress, and the ensuing battle over our federally protected wild horses and burros, these horses have their own war to fight as the state continues to restrict the use of fertility control and eradicate natural predators. While not acknowledged under the 1971 Act, many still carry the ancestral bloodlines of the Spanish Colonial Horses that are so vital to the history and culture of our state. The contribution these horses have made is clearly recognized by the San Felipe Pueblo who, in response to the growing concern for our wild horses, established a sanctuary to preserve and protect them – including members of the Placitas herd. Since 2012 they have been managing an estimated herd population of 200 with the fertility control PZP. Many organizations and individuals throughout New Mexico share the mission of the Pueblo to protect the wild horses, preserve their heritage and work towards a sustainable future. They provide sanctuary, work with government agencies to find solutions, assist with training and rehoming, and watch guard the remaining free-roaming herds scattered throughout the state. Although exact numbers are hard to determine, it is safe to say there are as many, if not more, wild horses in private care than those receiving federal protection. And it is being accomplished with less man power and less funding. Do we want to only remember these wild horses as folklore, tales told around the fire about the “Placitas Eight,” or the “White Band of Placitas,” whose band leader was gelded before his wildness could be proven? Or, do we want to tell the story of how we saved these horses and their heritage? At the time this article was submitted, Congress had yet to make the final determination on the Appropriations bill (FY2018) that will affect the future of our federally protected wild horses and burros. Here in New Mexico, there is a population of wild horses roaming public lands that are not afforded this protection under the 1971 Free-Roaming Wild Horse and Burros Act. There are also hundreds that are only protected by the sanctuaries, preserves, Native American tribes, and individuals who have provided them with a refuge.


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Cycling Organizations Joining a group can be useful, inspiring


here are two national cycling associations I urge you to join this year if you have never done so before. Consider it a new years’ resolution. These are People for Bikes and the League of American Bicyclists. The League has been in existence since 1880. Among the benefits the League sponsored before any of us were born was the paving of roads. As you can well imagine, when the League began there were no paved roads in America. They were all dirt or gravel. The League campaigned for highways that were paved, not for automobiles (!) but for bicycles. The rest is history. The League sponsors training for people to improve their road skills through the smart cycling program, and from there you can advance to gain League Cycling Instructor (LCI) status through further training. The store carries gear, includ-

ing jerseys and shorts and socks. The League participates in the National Bike Challenge, sponsors the National Bike Summit in Washington coming up March 5-7, and is the engine behind the Bike Friendly America program whereby communities receive certification as bike friendly cities or areas. The League web site is There is a separate portal for members.

People for Bikes “Launched in 1999 as Bikes Belong, People For Bikes includes both an industry coalition of bicycling suppliers and retailers, as well as a charitable foundation. Our foundation is where we house our major programs and engage individual members, affiliate organizations, and corporate sponsors.” Among foundation grants that have directly affected local

cycling, PFB has contributed millions to Safe Routes to School program. They’ve also got a collection of pages devoted to electric bikes, their use, promotion, laws in each state, and much more. PFB is actively advocating for inclusion of e-bikes in regular cycling categories for legal and vehicular purposes. Visit the web site In addition, Facebook has many different cycling groups you might consider joining. Three that come to mind as potentially useful are:

Cyclists are Drivers “By law, we have the same rights and duties as other drivers. This includes the same right to control lanes as motorists, and access to the same public streets used by motorists to access destinations.“ This web site contains a lot of back and forth argument pro and

con bike lanes, safety issues, and general cycling tips. It’s a good site to dip into when you’ve had some hassle with other drivers of the four-wheeled kind. We need to continue to push the “cyclists are drivers” button, because in every one of the 50 states we are considered operators of vehicles. Four-wheel drivers need to know and appreciate this.

Bicycling 65-100 “Welcome to all the folks who have joined the group, specifically designed as a positive, caring, supportive forum for 65 to 100+ year old bicyclers of ALL types to share their experiences in bicycling and in life in general, as we ‘get along.’ Bicycling 65-100 has been a closed group but occasionally the web master lets new people in. It’s a thriving site to give you encouragement as an older cyclist.

Cycling past 50 “This group is for cyclists of any discipline, or no discipline for that matter, who have attained the age of 50. That’s what is commonly considered the age of maturity, which is a polite way of saying that’s when things start to spread out, wear out and fall out. But some of us don’t take it lying down.” Right! I hope that 2018 proves to be our best cycling year ever. Fr. Gabriel Rochelle is pastor of St Anthony of the Desert Orthodox Mission, Las Cruces, an avid cyclist and a board member of Velo Cruces, the local advocacy group; see The church is at http://stanthonylc. org.



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f February is for lovers, then birders will love a sweet February birding adventure at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge, located north of Roswell. The refuge straddles the Pecos River in two separate sections, creating a wetland oasis that hosts a diversity of resident and migrant species. Located where the Chihuahuan Desert meets the Southern Plains, the refuge is one of the more biologically significant wetland areas of the Pecos River watershed system, according to its website. The refuge covers 24,536 acres and was established in 1937. “February is a good time to visit because, although bird activity occurs year-round, waterfowl concentrations rise in the winter. Plus, the weather is usually sunny and mild,” said Jim Edwards, president of the Lincoln County Bird Club (LCBC). Your birding adventure may begin well before entering the refuge. Along U.S. Highway 70, expect to see many common ravens near the highway or pecking at roadkill. On Pine Lodge Road (N.M. 246), look for American kestrels, whitewinged doves and rock doves on power poles, plus western meadowlark and great-tailed grackles in the air. At the Country Club bypass, you may even get lucky if a herd of pronghorn passes by. Arriving at the refuge, stop at the Joseph R. Skeen Visitor Center on E. Pine Lodge Road. This is a relatively new facility with displays of all the environments contained on the refuge including an aquarium, a video theatre and east-facing viewing area with scope. In addition, staff will clue you to what species have been observed recently. Bitter Lake’s unique geology and geography make it the ideal refuge. The Pecos River forms oxbow lakes, U-shaped bodies of water formed when a slow-moving river meanders into loops which eventually are cut off from the river itself, creating free-standing lakes. Because the Roswell aquifer underlies the area, erosion has caused sinkholes which also have developed into deep lakes. At the refuge, these lakes became unique aquatic habitats that,

Ernie Powell, Lincoln County Bird Club member, checks out species with the telescope at the Joseph R. Skeen Visitor Center on East Pine Lodge Road.

again according to the refuge website, shelter and provide habitat for some of New Mexico’s most rare and unusual creatures such as the least shrew, Noel’s amphipod, least tern, Pecos sunflower, and Roswell spring snail. Park personnel manage and adjust water levels in the lakes throughout the year to accommodate resident and migratory species of birds, amphibians and mammals. More than 100 species of dragonflies and damselflies also populate the refuge. The refuge’s annual September dragonfly festival is a popular event. Let’s get outside with the wildlife. Gravel roads dotted with pullouts provide easy viewing. At the first stop, we spot on the ground a snowy egret with distinctive yellow legs, white-faced ibis (loses its white face in winter), American avocet (easily recognized by its upturned beak), scaled quail and in the air a northern harrier flying into a desert willow. Many Canada geese paddle on the edge of the lake, which some members notice was at a different level than on a previous visit. Moving to a different body of water closer to the road, we observe many northern shovelers “standing on their heads” as they dabble for food. Is that smoke? No, it’s skeins of circling snow geese reflecting sunlight. They appear as clouds of smoke as they descend to the water in slow spirals. As we drive to their landing, we hear their loud honking. Although the vast majority are mature, we observe the oc-

casional dark immature individual. Paddling also are Gadwall and ruddy ducks. A loggerhead shrike sits atop a nearby mesquite bush. This shrike is noted for its ability to impale its prey on thorny branches. At the next stop, a red-tailed hawk flies above cattails and tall sedge along water in which two American coots paddle. At our approach, a male and female northern shoveler take flight over another pair who don’t notice us because they’re “standing on their heads.” We spend much time at this spot observing buffleheads, northern pintails, lesser scaup, ruddy ducks and in the far distance, a great egret. At the Oxbow Trail Loop, three members walk the loop while the rest, concerned about possible rattlesnake encounters, remain roadside. The final stop includes a handicapped accessible boardwalk to a covered observation blind. Here we check out lesser yellow legs, mallards, a male and female northern harrier pair, two snowy egret individuals, cinnamon teal, a canvasback pair, and pied-billed grebe. A sweet birding adventure at Bitter Lake! For further info: refuge/bitter_lake/. There is no admission or car fee. Donations accepted and volunteers welcome. Freelance writer Yvonne Lanelli ( is a novice birder with Lincoln County Bird Club who enjoys sharing field trip adventures.


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Red or Green? is Desert Exposure’s guide to dining in southwest New Mexico. We are in the process of updating and modifying these listings. We are asking restaurants to pay a small fee for listing their information. Restaurant advertisers already on contract with Desert Exposure receive a free listing. For other establishments, listings with essential information will be $36 a year and expanded listings, up to 10 lines, will be $48 a year. To get

an updated listing in Red or Green?, contact Anita Goins at or at 575-680-1980. The listings here are a sampling of our complete and recently completely updated guide online at www. We emphasize non-national-chain restaurants with sit-down, table service. With each listing, we include a brief categorization of the type of cuisine plus what meals are served: B=Breakfast;

L=Lunch; D=Dinner. Unless otherwise noted, restaurants are open seven days a week. Call for exact hours, which change frequently. All phone numbers are area code 575 except as specified. Though every effort has been made to make these listings complete and up-to-date, errors and omissions are inevitable and restaurants may make changes after this issue goes to press. That’s why we urge you to help us make Red or Green? even better. Drop


DIANE’S BAKERY & DELI, The Hub, Suite A, Bullard St., 534-9229. Artisan breads, pastries, sandwiches, deli: Monday to Saturday B L early D, Sunday L.

day L D Sunday B. JAVALINA COFFEE HOUSE, 117 Market St., 388-1350. Coffeehouse.  JUMPING CACTUS, 503 N. Bullard St. Coffeeshop, baked goods, sandwiches, wraps: B L.  KOUNTRY KITCHEN, 1700 Mountain View Road, 388-4512. Mexican: Monday to Sunday B L D.  LA COCINA RESTAURANT, 201 W. College Ave., 388-8687. Mexican: L D.  LA FAMILIA, 503 N. Hudson St., 388-4600. Mexican: Tuesday to Sunday B L D.  LA MEXICANA, Hwy. 180E and Memory Lane, 534-0142. Mexican and American: B L. 

Silver City 1ZERO6, 106 N. Texas St., 575313-4418.  Pacific Rim, South East Asian, Oaxacan and Italian: Friday to Sunday D, by reservation only.  ADOBE SPRINGS CAFÉ, 1617 Silver Heights Blvd., 538-3665.  Breakfast items, burgers, sandwiches: Sunday B L, all week B L D. BURGERS & BROWNIES & BEER, OH MY! 619 N. Bullard St., 575597-6469. 

CAFÉ OSO AZUL AT BEAR MOUNTAIN LODGE, 60 Bear Mountain Ranch Road, 538-2538. B L, special D by reservation only. CHINESE PALACE, 1010 Highway 180E, 538-9300. Chinese: Monday to Friday L D.  COURTYARD CAFÉ, Gila Regional Medical Center, 538-4094. American: B L, with special brunch Sundays. 

DIANE’S RESTAURANT, 510 N. Bullard St., 538-8722. Fine dining (D), steaks, seafood, pasta, sandwiches (L), salads: Tuesday to Saturday L D, Sunday D only (family-style), weekend brunch.

DON JUAN’S BURRITOS, 418 Silver Heights Blvd., 538-5440. Mexican: B L. DRIFTER PANCAKE HOUSE, 711 Silver Heights Blvd., 538-2916. Breakfast, American: B L, breakfast served throughout.  EL GALLO PINTO, 901 N. Hudson St., 597-4559. Mexican: Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday B L Thursday to Saturday B L D.  FORREST’S PIZZA, 601 N. Bullard St. Unit J. 388-1225. Tuesday to Friday L D, Slices only at lunch time.  FRY HOUSE, 601 N. Bullard St. Suite C. 388-1964.  GIL-A BEANS, 1304 N. Bennett St. Coffeeshop. GOLDEN STAR, 1602 Silver Heights Blvd., 388-2323. Chinese: L D.  GRANDMA’S CAFÉ, 900 Silver Heights Blvd., 388-2627. American, Mexican: B L.  GRINDER MILL, 403 W. College Ave., 538-3366. Mexican: B L D.  HEALTHY EATS, 303 E. 13th St., 5349404. Sandwiches, burritos, salads, smoothies: L.  JALISCO CAFÉ, 100 S. Bullard St., 388-2060. Mexican. Monday to Satur-

LITTLE TOAD CREEK BREWERY & DISTILLERY, 200 N. Bullard St., 956-6144. Burgers, wings, salads, fish, pasta, craft beers and cocktails: Monday to Sunday L D. MEXICO VIEJO, Hwy. 90 and Broadway Mexican food stand: Monday to Saturday B L early D.  MI CASITA, 2340 Bosworth Dr., 538-5533. New Mexican cuisine: Monday to Thursday L, Friday L D.  MILLIE’S BAKE HOUSE, 602 N. Bullard St., 597-2253. Soup, salads, sandwiches, baked goods and now serving barbecue on Saturdays: Tuesday to Saturday. NANCY’S SILVER CAFÉ, 514 N.

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Bullard St., 388-3480. Mexican: Monday to Saturday B L D. THE PARLOR AT DIANE’S, 510 N. Bullard St., 538-8722. Burgers, sandwiches, homemade pizzas, paninis: Tuesday to Sunday L D.  PRETTY SWEET EMPORIUM, 312 N. Bullard St., 388-8600. Dessert, ice cream: Monday to Saturday.  Q’S SOUTHERN BISTRO AND BREWERY, 101 E. College Ave., 534-

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Four weekends: February 3 & 4, 10 & 11, 17 & 18, and 24 & 25 from 10am–4pm on Saturdays and 12–4pm on Sundays. Meet artists where they work and buy directly from them, plus see demonstrations. Maps and blue flags will guide you to over 2 dozen studios.

ArtForms & Las Cruces Arts Association Member Exhibits Galleries hours vary. See event guide or visit for info. Mas Art, 126 S. Main St. (575) 526-9113, Rio Grande Theatre Gallery, 211 N. Main St. (575) 541-2290, and Mesquite Art Gallery, 340 N. Mesquite St., (575) 640-3502. All 3 galleries opening Friday, February 2nd from 5–7pm. Tombaugh Gallery, 2000 S. Solano St. (575) 522-7281. Opening Sunday, February 4th from 11:30am–1:30pm. Art Obscura, 3206 Harrelson (575) 494-7256 opening February 10th at 7pm. The Big Picture, 2001 E. Lohman, Ste. 109 (575) 647-0508. Opening Friday, February 16th from 5–7pm.

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SUNRISE ESPRESSO, 1530 N. Hudson, 388-2027. Coffee shop: Monday to Saturday B L, early D. SUNRISE ESPRESSO, 1212 E. 32nd St., 534-9565. Cof-

fee shop, bakery: Monday to Friday B L, early D, Saturday B L only. TAPAS TREE, 601 N. Bullard St. in The Hub, Wednesday to Sunday L, Fridays L D. 

TERRY’S ORIGINAL BARBEQUE, Hwy. 180 and Ranch Club Road. Barbeque to go: L D.

VICKI’S EATERY, 315 N. Texas, 388-5430. Fresh...made just for you!. Saturday-Sunday breakfast; Monday-Saturday lunch; and Friday-Saturday dinner. WRANGLER’S BAR & GRILL, 2005 Hwy. 180E, 538-4387. Steak, burgers, appetizers, salads: L D.  TRANQUIL BUZZ CAFÉ, 112 W. Yankie St. Coffee shop, coffee, home-made pastries and ice cream, fresh fruit smoothies.    

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Las Cruces & Mesilla ABRAHAM’S BANK TOWER RESTAURANT, 500 S. Main St. 434, 523-5911. American: Monday to Friday B L.  ANDELE’S DOG HOUSE, 1983 Calle del Norte, 526-1271. Mexican plus hot dogs, burgers, quesadillas: B L D.  ANDELE RESTAURANTE, 1950 Calle del Norte, 526-9631. Mexican: Monday B L, Tuesday to Sunday B L D.   AQUA REEF, 141 N. Roadrunner Parkway, 522-7333. Asian, sushi: LD.  THE BEAN, 2011 Avenida de Mesilla, 527-5155. Coffeehouse. 

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“The mind creates the abyss, the heart crosses it.” -Sri Nisargadetta

Guadalupe’s 505 N. Bullard Street, Silver City, NM Thurs. - Sat. 10 to 4 575-535-2624

304 N. Bullard St., Silver City, NM 575-388-4920

Weekdays lunch 11-2 dinner 5-9 Weekends brunch 9-2 dinner 5-9 Closed Wednesday

A BITE OF BELGIUM, 741 N. Alameda St. No. 16, 5272483, www.abiteofbelgium. com. Belgium and American food: Daily B L.   BOBA CAFÉ, 1900 S. Espina, Ste. 8, 647-5900. Sandwiches, salads, casual fare, espresso: Monday to Saturday L D.  BRAVO’S CAFÉ, 3205 S. Main St., 526-8604. Mexican: Tuesday to Sunday B L.  BURGER NOOK, 1204 E. Madrid Ave., 523-9806. Outstanding greenchile cheeseburgers. Tuesday to Saturday L D.  BURRITOS VICTORIA, 1295 El Paseo Road, 541-5534. Burritos: B L D. Now serving beer.  

CAFÉ A GO GO, 1120 Commerce Drive, Suite A, 5220383, www.cafeagogonm. com. Bistro with an eclectic menu. “We have a passion

for delicious food and it re524-9251. Monday - Saturflects in our dishes:” Monday day, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Speto Saturday L D. cializing in Relleno Burritos and Other Mexican Food CARILLO’S CAFÉ, 330 S. Church, 523-9913. Mexican, American: Monday to Saturday L D.  CHACHI’S RESTAURANT, 2460 S. Locust St.-A, 522-7322. Mexican: B L D.  CHILITOS, 2405 S. Valley Dr., 5264184. Mexican: Monday to Saturday B L D.  CHILITOS, 3850 Foothills Rd. Ste. 10, 532-0141. Mexican: B L D.  DAY’S HAMBURGERS, Water and Las Cruces streets, 523-8665. Burgers: Monday to Saturday L D.  PECAN GRILL & BREWERY, 500 S. Telshor Blvd., 521-1099. Pecan-smoked meats, sandwiches, steaks, seafood, craft beers: L D.  DELICIAS DEL MAR, 1401 El Paseo, 524-2396. Mexican, seafood: B L D.  DICK’S CAFÉ, 2305 S. Valley Dr., 524-1360. Mexican, burgers: Sunday B L, Monday to Saturday B L D.  DION’S PIZZA, 3950 E. Lohman, 521-3434. Pizza: L D.  DOUBLE EAGLE, 2355 Calle De Guadalupe, 523-6700. Southwestern, steaks, seafood: L D, Sun. champagne brunch buffet.   DUBLIN STREET PUB, 1745 E. University Ave., 522-0932. Irish, American: L D.  EL SOMBRERO PATIO CAFÉ, 363 S. Espina St., 524-9911. Mexican: L D.  EMILIA’S, 2290 Calle de Parian, 652-3007. Burgers, Mexican, soup, sandwiches, pastry, juices, smoothies: Tuesday to Sunday L D.  ENRIQUE’S MEXICAN FOOD, 830 W. Picacho, 647-0240. Mexican: B L D.  FARLEY’S, 3499 Foothills Rd., 522-0466. Pizza, burgers, American, Mexican: L D.  FIDENCIO’S, 800 S. Telshor, 5325624. Mexican: B L D.  THE GAME BAR & GRILL, 2605 S. Espina, 524-GAME. Sports bar and grill: L D.  GARDUÑO’S, 705 S. Telshor (Hotel Encanto), 532-4277. Mexican: B L D.  GIROS MEXICAN RESTAURANT, 160 W. Picacho Ave., 541-0341. Mexican: B L D. 

GO BURGER DRIVE-IN, Home of the Texas Size Burrito, 1008 E. Lohman Ave. , Las Cruces, NM 88005, 575-

GOLDEN STAR CHINESE FAST FOOD, 1420 El Paseo, 523-2828. Chinese: L D. GRANDY’S COUNTRY COOKING, 1345 El Paseo Rd., 526-4803. American: B L D.  HABANERO’S 600 E. Amador Ave., 524-1829. Fresh Mexican: B L D.  HACIENDA DE MESILLA, 1803 Avenida de Mesilla, 652-4953. Steaks, barbecue, seafood, sandwiches, salads, pasta: L D.

HIGH DESERT BREWING COMPANY, 1201 W. Hadley Ave., 525-6752. Brew pub: L D. INTERNATIONAL DELIGHTS, 1245 El Paseo Rd., 647-5956. Greek and International: B L D.  J.C. TORTAS, 1196 W. Picacho Ave., 647-1408. Mexican: L D.  JOSE MURPHY’S, 1201 E. Amador (inside Ten Pin Alley), 526-8855. Mexican, American: L D.  JOSEFINA’S OLD GATE CAFÉ, 2261 Calle de Guadalupe, 525-2620. Pastries, soups, salads, sandwiches: Monday to Thursday L, Friday to Sunday B L.  KATANA TEPPANYAKI GRILL, 1001 E. University Ave., 522-0526. Meals created before your very eyes. Japanese: Monday to Friday L D, Saturday D.  KEVA JUICE, 1001 E. University, 522-4133. Smoothies, frozen yogurt: B L D.  LA MEXICANA TORTILLERIA, 1300 N. Solano Dr, 541-9617. Mexican: L D.  LA NUEVA CASITA CAFÉ, 195 N. Mesquite, 523-5434. Mexican and American: B L.  LA POSTA RESTAURANT DE MESILLA, 2410 Calle De San Albino, 524-3524Mexican, steakhouse: L D, Saturday, Sunday and holidays also B.  LAS TRANCAS, 1008 S. Solano Dr., 524-1430. Mexican, steaks, burgers, fried chicken: L D, Saturday and Sunday also B.  LE RENDEZ-VOUS CAFÉ, 2701 W. Picacho Ave. #1, 527-0098. French pastry, deli, sandwiches: Tuesday to Sunday B L.  LET THEM EAT CAKE, 1001 E. University Ave. Suite D4, 680-5998. Cupcakes: Tuesday to Saturday.

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Tex-Mex Diabetes Cooking Southwest inspires Cruces author’s healthy recipes


elley Coffeen has created more than 1,000 recipes in her Las Cruces kitchen. She has published five cookbooks that reflect her love for the southern border and Mexican culture. “I love gifting others with the joy of food,” Coffeen said. Coffeen has teamed up with the American Diabetic Association (ADA) to release her sixth collection of recipes that feature Tex Mex, Mexican and Southwestern recipes that are low in fat, carbs and sugar, following the dietary guidelines of the ADA. “Tex Mex Diabetes Cooking: More than 140 Authentic Southwestern Favorites” will be available in June and includes Coffeen’s red chile enchiladas, nachos, queso, tacos and burritos. As promotion for the upcoming release, Coffeen’s red chile posole dish is featured on the cover of the November/December 2017 holiday issue of “Diabetes Forecast” magazine, which has six million subscribers. The magazine also includes nine of Coffeen’s low-carb, diabetic-friendly recipes. “This is good for the state of New Mexico,” Coffeen said, because the new cookbook “features lots of New Mexico flavors and our homegrown chile.” Her cookbook provides recipes that are low in fat and sugar and smaller portioned, and are colorful, tasty and nutritious, she said. “The thing about having diabetes is, so many think they can’t enjoy many of their Mexican favorites.” Each recipe includes a calorie count, total fat and carbs,

LORENZO’S PAN AM, 1753 E. University Ave., 521-3505. Italian, pizza: L D. LOS COMPAS CAFÉ, 6335 Bataan Memorial W., 382-2025. Mexican: B L D.  LOS COMPAS CAFÉ, 603 S. Nevarez St., 523-1778. Mexican: B L D.  LOS COMPAS, 1120 Commerce Dr., 521-6228. Mexican: B L D.  LOS MARIACHIS, 754 N. Motel Blvd., 523-7058. Mexican: B L D.  MESILLA VALLEY KITCHEN, 2001 E. Lohman Ave. #103, 523-9311. American, Mexican: B L. 

METROPOLITAN DELI, 1001 University Ave., 5223354, www.metropolitandeli. com. Sandwiches and catering: L D. MIGUEL’S, 1140 E. Amador Ave., 647-4262. Mexican: B L D.  MI PUEBLITO, 1355 E. Idaho Ave., 524-3009. Mexican: Monday to Friday B L D, Saturday and Sunday B L.  MILAGRO COFFEE Y ESPRESSO, 1733 E. University Ave., 532-1042. Coffeehouse: B L D.  MIX PACIFIC RIM CUISINE AND MIX EXPRESS, 1001 E. University Ave. D3, 532-2042. Asian, Pacific:

Kelley Coffeen’s newest cookbook, “Tex-Mex Diabetes Cooking,” includes her recipe for green chile rice. (Photo courtesy Kelley Coffeen)

“choices” such as starch, lean protein and fat; serving size, number of servings, preparation time and cooking time. “I’ve created new recipes that I like,” Coffeen said, including green chile rice (with chopped asparagus) that provides high fiber important to diabetics. Other recipes include desserts such as tres leches parfaits, appetizers like roasted green chile cheese crisp and favorite cocktails like margaritas and mimosas. Coffeen moved to Las Cruces in 1991 and has lived along the border most of her life. She was working on a master’s degree 1994 at NMSU and signed up for a self-publishing class at Doña Ana Community College. “I had no idea you could self-publish anything,” Coffeen said. With a passion for cooking and a flair for writing, she created “Great College Cookbook of the Southwest.” That cookbook landed Coffeen an appearance on “Good Morning America,” and a weekly segment called Kelley’s Kitchen on KTSM-TV

Monday to Saturday L D. MOONGATE CAFÉ, 9345 Bataan Memorial, 382-5744. Coffee shop, Mexican, American: B L.  MOUNTAIN VIEW MARKET KITCHEN, 1300 El Paseo Road, 523-0436. Sandwiches, bagels, wraps, salads and other healthy fare: Monday to Saturday: B L early D.   NELLIE’S CAFÉ, 1226 W. Hadley Ave., 524-9982. Mexican: Tuesday to Friday B L.  NOPALITO RESTAURANT, 2605 Missouri Ave., 522-0440. Mexican: L D.  NOPALITO RESTAURANT, 310 S. Mesquite St., 524-0003. Mexican: Sunday to Tuesday, Thursday to Saturday. L D.  OLD TOWN RESTAURANT, 1155 S. Valley Dr., 523-4586. Mexican, American: B L.  ORIENTAL PALACE, 225 E. Idaho, 526-4864. Chinese: L D.  PAISANO CAFÉ, 1740 Calle de Mercado, 524-0211. Mexican: B L D.  PEPE’S, 1405 W. Picacho, 5410277. Mexican: B L D.  PHO A DONG, 504 E. Amador Ave., 527-9248. Vietnamese: L D.  PHO SAIGON, 1160 El Paseo Road, 652-4326. Vietnamese: L D. 

in El Paso that ran from 1995 to 2006. The TV spots featured the most popular recipes from Coffeen’s cookbooks, which also include “Simply 7,” a collection of “quick Southwest recipes” that require only seven ingredients, as well as “Fiesta Mexicali” (both Northland Publishing). In recent years, she has written “300 Best Taco Recipes” and “200 Best Mexican Recipes” (Robert Rose Publishing). Her books have sold thousands of copies worldwide and are all available on, where you can also pre-order “Tex-Mex Diabetes Cooking.” “It’s fun,” Coffeen said. “I love to please people with food. That’s my thing.” Coffeen’s recipes reflect her own version of Mexican flavors drawn regionally and internationally along the border from Texas to California. As for the heart of her cooking, it’s really about New Mexico, Coffeen said, because she uses a lot of chile and traditional techniques. “It’s kind of a regional and cultural thing,” she said. Having a winter stash of red chile in the freezer to cook with happens in New Mexico and rarely anywhere else, she said. Coffeen earned a PhD. in educational leadership and administration with a focus on Latino studies and border issues from New Mexico State University in 2014. When she’s not cooking, Coffeen serves as an adjunct professor and raises scholarship funds for NMSU as a director of development. For more information, visit and click on “IN THIS ISSUE.”

PICACHO PEAK BREWING CO., 3900 W. Picacho, 575680-6394. PLAYER’S GRILL, 3000 Herb Wimberly Drive. (NMSU golf course clubhouse), 646-2457. American: B L D.  RANCHWAY BARBECUE, 604 N. Valley Dr., 523-7361. Barbecue, Mexican: Monday to Friday B L D, Saturday D.  RASCO’S BBQ, 125 S. Campo St., 526-7926. Barbecued brisket, pulled pork, smoked sausage, ribs.  RED BRICK PIZZA, 2808 N. Telshor Blvd., 521-7300. Pizzas, sandwiches, salads: L D.  ROBERTO’S MEXICAN FOOD, 908 E. Amador Ave., 523-1851. Mexican: B L D.  ROSIE’S CAFÉ DE MESILLA, 300 N. Main St., 526-1256. Breakfast, Mexican, burgers: Saturday to Thursday B L, Friday B L D.  SAENZ GORDITAS, 1700 N. Solano Dr., 527-4212. Excellent, gorditas, of course, but also amazing chicken tacos. Mexican: Monday to Saturday L D.  SANTORINI’S, 1001 E. University

Kelley Coffeen has published five cookbooks in the past 23 years and will have a new one out in June. (Bulletin photos by Mike Cook)

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Valley Community Church

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Silver City Community Theatre presents

Agatha Christie’s

A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED a Miss Marple Mystery 23-24 February & 2-3 March at 7:30 pm 25 February & 4 March matinees at 2:30 pm

Penney Playhouse 405 N. Bullard St, Silver City $10 per ticket at Vicki’s Eatery, Morning Star and at the door Student Rush at the door 10 minutes before performances $5 Licensed by Samuel French, Inc.

All For The Love of Art


as Cruces extols its artists and art businesses in February with a city-wide celebration in “For the Love of Art Month.” In a variety of locations and manners all types of art forms are recognized for their contributions to the community. “This is a wonderful way to bring focus to the arts community,” said Kathleen Albers, executive director of the Doña Ana Arts Council. “Dive into the arts.” ArtForms Artists Association of New Mexico, a local, non-profit art organization, works with multiple entities, from those who love the arts to those who create and perform them, to remake the city as one big arts venue. John Northcutt, a working sculptor, past ArtForms president and one of the organizers of the events said 21 years ago some artists came together and decided to find a way to promote art in Las Cruces. For the Love of Art Month became a reality and is now celebrating its 20th year. “The purpose is to promote art and the Love of Art Month is ArtForms gift to the city,” he said. Activities range from visual art exhibits, plays, and poetry readings to concerts, musical performances, film, dance and special art events at various locations throughout Las Cruces and Mesilla. Beginning with the association’s ArtForms Member Exhibition, the month starts with openings at six different locations across the city. During the Feb. 2 downtown Art Ramble that exhibition sees receptions from 5-7 p.m. at MAS Art Frame & Art Supply, 126 N. Main St.; the Rio Grande Theatre Gallery, 211 N. Main St.; and the Mesquite Art Gallery, 340 N. Mesquite St. Other member exhibition openings are 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4 at the Tombaugh Gallery, 2000 S. Solano; 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 10 at Art Obscura, 3206 Harrelson; and from 5-8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 16 at the Big Picture, 2001 E. Lohman Ave., Suite 109. A seventh special event will take place at the Doña Ana Arts Council offices with the “Insiders Show,” said Roy van der Aa, who was one of the event founding members of ArtForms. “ArtForms was established to create a more cohesive art community in order to encourage collaboration and to focus on the business of art,” van der Aa said. “I have seen changes in attitudes. The many different groups here are working together a lot closer than they were. And in the past year with the establishment of reciprocal membership between ArtsForm and the Las Cruces Arts Association, the city is behind us a lot more and that’s a very positive thing.” As part of the month-long celebration, studio tours with local artists are featured weekends when area artists open their studio doors to visitors and chat

The Doña Ana Arts Council, 1740 Calle de Mercado, offices serve as a special location for one of the Love of Art Month exhibits, “Insighters,” opening, Feb. 3. (Bulletin photos by Elva K. Österreich) Long time area artist Flo Hosa Dougherty’s studio is one of 29 that will open their doors to visitors during weekends in February.

about their craft. These tours open the doors to 29 art studio locations and represents close to 50 artists working in the county. The tours are offered by district, in five groups to make it easy to visit many during the weekends of the month. Look for blue flags to identify studios. A brochure with a map can be found at many area locations and online at “We pulled out all the stops and it’s our biggest event ever,” Van der Aa said. He said one new event that has been added to For the Love of Art Month is a gala to celebrate the 20th anniversary. Following the Feb. 2 Art Ramble, the event takes place at Alma d’arte High School, 402 W. Court Ave. and features a buffet dinner, awards presentations and a short film. The gala is from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 each or $25 for two. Those interested can visit ArtForms president Marty Galster said the Artist of the Year title will be presented to Sherry Doil Carter during the gala event. Galster, fractal art creator and photographer, said For the Love of Art brings people together. “I enjoy working with the artists in town,” she said. “I have met so many great people and learned so much.” This year, the annual Studio Tours have been expanded to every  weekend in February, giving everyone a chance to see

where art is created as well as talk to the artists. The number of studios will vary by weekend. Hours are Saturdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sundays from noon-4 p.m., thou hours may vary at some venues. These tours will feature special works by artists throughout the area and include an amazing variety of art including paintings in all media, folk (Santero) art, photography, ceramics, fiber art, dolls, sculpture, weaving, jewelry, glass, gourd art, copper art, drawings, beadwork, clayboards, pastels, metal creations, mixed media, and digital art. *Note: One studio — that of Jeri Desrochers, Mary Zawacki, and C.C. Cunningham — will not be participating. Also, the letter G (studio of Jean Wilkey) is misplaced on the map in the Guide, please see www.artformsnm. org for an updated map and listing. During the entire month of February, visual arts will be everywhere! The performing arts will be exceptionally represented! There will be so many things going on, it will be hard to fit in everything you want to see and do, but try! February comes only once a year — as does the “For The Love of Art Month” — and these special events are too good to overlook! A more complete list of events are available in the annual Guide found at many locations in Las Cruces and Mesilla. More information, including interactive as well as downloadable versions of the Studio Tour map is available at


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What’s Going On in February THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1

Silver City/Grant County Winter Film Series: “The Molly Maguires” — 7 p.m. at the Santa Clara National Guard Armory. Part of the Fort Bayard Historic Preservation Society series “By the Sweat of Their Brows: The Life of the Miner.” Info: 575-388-4862. Truth of Consequences/ Sierra County “The Booze Bombs” — noon-10 p.m. at Truth of Consequences Brewing Company, 410 N. Broadway, in T or C. Rockabilly band from Germany. Info: 575-297-0289. Ruidoso/Lincoln County Stomp — 7 p.m. at the Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts, 108 Spencer Road, Alto. Info: 575-3364800. Las Cruces/Mesilla Feed Your Mind Seminar: “New Mexico Art, Past to Present” — 5:30-7 p.m. (with refreshments starting at 4:30) at the Doña Ana County Arts & Cultural Center, at the Bulletin Plaza, 1740 Avenida de Mercado, Suites B-D. Kathleen Key is the speaker. Info:


Silver City/Grant County Charles Ellsworth — 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Buckhorn Saloon, 32 Main St. Pinos Altos. Americana/ country blues with Charles Ellsworth and Vincent Draper’s Salt Lake City; a Love Story. Info: 575-538-9911. Golden Eagles: Natural History and Stories From the Field — 7 p.m. at Harlan Hall, Room 219, 12th Street and Alabama Avenue, WNMU. A Southwestern New Mexico Audubon Society presentation with Megan Ruehmann, a wildlife biologist whe is a consultant for Eagle Environmental Inc. Info: saragoyett48@ Travis Calliston — 8 p.m. at Little Toad Creek Brewery, 200 N. Bullard, downtown, Silver City. Soul infused folk music. Info: 575-356-6144. Alamogordo/Otero County Pistachio Cultivation Workshop — 8 a.m. at the Otero County Extension Office, 401 Fairgrounds Road in Alamogordo. Info: 575-437-0231. Las Cruces/Mesilla Photograph 51 — 8 p.m. at the Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Main Street, Las Cruces. The story of Rosalind Franklin and DNA. Info: Info: 575-650-7915. “Lend Me a Tenor” — 8 p.m. at Ls Cruces Community Theatre, 313 N. Main St. A door-slamming, dress-dropping farce with mistaken identities, mischievous misunderstandings and compromising positions. Info: 575-523-1200.


Silver City/Grant County Peter Dahl-Bredine — 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Buckhorn Saloon, 32 Main St. Pinos Altos. Info: 575-538-9911. Shotgun Calliope — 8 p.m. at Little Toad Creek Brewery, 200 N. Bullard, downtown, Silver City. Local jamasaurus rock. Info: 575-356-6144. Truth of Consequences/ Sierra County “Second Nature” — 7 p.m. at Truth of Consequences Brewing Company, 410 N. Broadway, in T or C.

Tunes from the 70s you know and love. Info: 575-297-0289. Las Cruces/Mesilla Artrageous: Music Influences Art — 10 a.m.-noon at the Ls Cruces Museum of Art, 491 N. Main St. Celebrating For the Love of Art Month. Info: Crafts for Kids: Valentine’s Day — 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Farm & Ranch Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road in Las Cruces. Info: 75-5224100. Rivers and Waterways Presentation — 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. at the Museum of Nature and Science, 411 N. Main St. in Las Cruces. A Saturday Family Science event. Info: 575-522-3120. Photograph 51 — 8 p.m. at the Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Main Street, Las Cruces. The story of Rosalind Franklin and DNA. Info: Info: 575-650-7915. Alamogordo/Otero County Beginner’s Hike — 9 a.m., meet at the entry to Christ Community Church on Scenic Road. Alamogordo Trails hike. Info: 575-404-3891. Golden Gears Car Show — 9 a.m. 3 p.m. at White Sands Mall, 3199 N. White Sands Mall in Alamogordo.


Las Cruces/Mesilla Photograph 51 — 8 p.m. at the Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Main Street, Las Cruces. The story of Rosalind Franklin and DNA. Info: Info: 575-650-7915. Truth of Consequences/ Sierra County A Walk in the Sistine Chapel with John Rawlings — 110 N. Broadway, T or C. Art professor talks about his experience with ongoing restoration. Info: 575-744-5567.


Alamogordo/Otero County Live Music at Patron’s Hall: Dale Young — 6;30-8:30 p.m. at Patron’s Hall, 1106 New York Ave. Info: Las Cruces/Mesilla Color: An educational photography program — 7 p.m. at the Southwest Environmental Center, 275 N. Main St. Las Cruces. A Doña Ana Photography Club program presented by Seth Madell. Info www.


Silver City/Grant County Learning Circle: The top 10 Things That Make a Great Nonprofit — 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at College Street Plaza Suite 5, 1007 N. Pope St. in Silver City. A resource for Nonprofits. Info: 575-597-0035. Byron Trammell — 6-9 p.m. at the Buckhorn Saloon, 32 Main St. Pinos Altos. Info: 575-538-9911.


Silver City/Grant County Women in the Arts: Angela Ellsworth Lecture and Exhibit — 6:30 p.m. at Parotti Hall, Western New Mexico University. An Edwina and Charles Milner Women in the Arts presentation. Ellsworth founded the Museum of Walking in Phoenix. Info: 575-538-6469. Winter Film Series: “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” — 7 p.m. at

the Santa Clara National Guard Armory. Part of the Fort Bayard Historic Preservation Society series “By the Sweat of Their Brows: The Life of the Miner.” Info: 575-388-4862. Alamogordo/Otero County Live Music at Patron’s Hall — 6;30-8:30 p.m. at Patron’s Hall, 1106 New York Ave. Info: Las Cruces/Mesilla Culture Series: Creekside Village Archaeology — 7 p.m. at the Farm & Ranch Museum, 4100 Dripping

The “Soup’s On” fundraiser in Portal, Ariz. helps Portal Rescue which also serves Rodeo, N.M. A variety of soup is served for lunch to raise money Feb. 19-21.

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VALENTINE’S DAY DINNER Save the date February 14th, 2018 CHO CO



I Love Porter


Grapevine Plaza home of Picacho Peak Brewing Co. Located at 3900 W. Picacho Ave. Dinner will be held in the ballroom with limited seating. Get your tickets ASAP at the brew pub open Tues-Thur 2pm-10pm, or Fri-Sat 11am-close

Get your tickets now! 6pm – 9pm Dinner & Live music

Complimentary rose for your sweetheart!

Mardi Gras Fiesta February 24th, 2018 • 2-8pm Live music Guest brewerys Family fun for everyone Come get your beads on & enjoy the music while tasting beers & sampling local food truck fare as well as competing in games for some fun with family & friends! Grapevine Plaza 3900 W. Picacho Ave.


Grapevine Plaza Event Center 3900 W. Picacho Blvd.,

Call us today for a venue tour! For more infomation call 575-312-3070 LOCATED BEHIND POST OFFICE & PIC QUIK



DESERT EXPOSURE Springs Road in Las Cruces. Archaeologist David Greenwald will speak about Creekside Village, a pit house village located in Tularosa Canyon. Info: 75-522-4100. Feed Your Mind Seminar: “New Mexico Art, Past to Present” — 5:30-7 p.m. (with refreshments starting at 4:30) at the Doña Ana County Arts & Cultural Center, at the Bulletin Plaza, 1740 Avenida de Mercado, Suites B-D. Kathleen Key is the speaker. Info:


Silver City/Grant County WNMU 125 Anniversary — Starts at 11 a.m. and goes all day at WNMU, 1000 W. College Ave. Silver City. Info: 575-538-6310. Johnny Dango — 8 p.m. at Little Toad Creek Brewery, 200 N. Bullard, downtown, Silver City. Singer songwriter from Austin plays with gospel, country and rock influences. Info: 575-356-6144. Las Cruces/Mesilla Photograph 51 — 8 p.m. at the Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Main Street, Las Cruces. The story of Rosalind Franklin and DNA. Info: Info: 575-650-7915.


Silver City/Grant County Fort Bayard Walking Tours — 9:30 a.m. starting at the Fort Bayard Museum, Building 26 on the west side of the Parade Ground. Info: 575388-4477. Silver City Poets Laureate Jack Crocker and Beate Sigriddaughter — 2 p.m. at the Glenwood Community Library, 14 Menges Lane, Glenwood. They will be reading from their work, followed by open mic. Info: Scott van Linge — 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Buckhorn Saloon, 32 Main St. Pinos Altos. Info: 575-538-9911. Winnie Brave — 8 p.m. at Little Toad Creek Brewery, 200 N. Bullard, downtown, Silver City. American roots duo from Ontario, Canada. Info: 575-356-6144. Truth or Consequences/ Sierra County Second Saturday Art Hop — 6-9 p.m. in Downtown Truth or Consequences. Info: promotions@ “Alien Space Kitchen” — 7-10 p.m. at Truth of Consequences Brewing Company, 410 N. Broadway, in T or C. Garage space rock from Albuquerque Info: 575-2970289. Deming/ Luna County Stars in the Parks: Pancho Villa State Park — Sunset 5:56 p.m., program start 7:05 p.m. at Pancho Villa State Park. Presenter John Gilkison looks at two-day old moon, Aldebaran in transit and Leo rising. Info: Alamogordo/Otero County Bettman & Halpin + Chocolate Buffet — 7-10 p.m. at the Flickinger Center for Performing Arts, 1110 New York Ave. Alamogordo. Original folk/Americana, upbeat bluegrass/ roots inspired compositions. Info: 575-437-2202. Las Cruces/Mesilla Getting Camera Off Auto Mode — 9 a.m.-noon. at the Southwest Environmental Center, 275 N. Main St. Las Cruces. A Doña Ana Photography Club program presented by Seth Madell. Info www.daphotoclub. org. Artrageous: Creative Writing — 10

FEBRUARY 2018 • 35 The Truth or Consequences Annual Gathering of Quilts takes place on Feb. 23 and 24. (Courtesy Photo)

a.m.-noon at the Ls Cruces Museum of Art, 491 N. Main St. Celebrating For the Love of Art Month. Info: Photograph 51 — 8 p.m. at the Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Main Street, Las Cruces. The story of Rosalind Franklin and DNA. Info: Info: 575-650-7915.


Alamogordo/Otero County VendorBlender Craft and Vendor Show — noon-4 p.m. at St. Jude’s Parish Hall, 1404 College Ave. Alamogordo. Info:

with wool. Recommended for 3rd5th grade children. Info: 75-5224100.


chios and Wines, 7288 U.S. Highway 54/70, between Alamogordo and Tularosa. Selmo performs oldies and Latin music. Info: 575-434-0035. Las Cruces/Mesilla Discovery Afternoon: A new Coat for Anna — 1-3 p.m. at the Farm & Ranch Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road in Las Cruces. An exploration of economic history through the story of a girl and her winter coat. Will spend time working

Silver City/Grant County Winter Film Series: “October Sky” — 7 p.m. at the Santa Clara National Guard Armory. Part of the Fort Bayard Historic Preservation Society series “By the Sweat of Their Brows: The Life of the Miner.” Info: 575-388-4862. Alamogordo/Otero County ABBA Mania — 7-10 p.m. at the Flickinger Center for Performing Arts, 1110 New York Ave. Alamogordo. Tribute band recreating the iconic ABBA work. Info: 575-437-2202. Las Cruces/Mesilla Feed Your Mind Seminar: “New Mexico Art, Past to Present”

— 5:30-7 p.m. (with refreshments starting at 4:30) at the Doña Ana County Arts & Cultural Center, at the Bulletin Plaza, 1740 Avenida de Mercado, Suites B-D. Kathleen Key is the speaker. Info: Story Slam at Becks — 7 p.m. at Beck’s Roasting House & Creamery, 130 N. Mesquite St. Las Cruces. Info: 575-556-9850.


Silver City/Grant County Gila Native Plant Society meeting — 7 p.m. at Western New Mexico’s Harlan Hall at the corner of 12th and Alabama streets. Sara Fuentes-Sorino, director and curator of the NMSU herbaria presents “The intriguing and wonderful natural history of the uncommon Southwestern mustards.” Info: The Willie Green Project — 8 p.m. at Little Toad Creek Brewery, 200 N.


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February Zoo Presentation, snakes — 1-4 p.m. at the Alameda Park Zoo, 1021 N. White Sands Blvd. in Alamogordo. Info: 575-4958499. Las Cruces/Mesilla Photograph 51 — 8 p.m. at the Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Main Street, Las Cruces. The story of Rosalind Franklin and DNA. Info: Info: 575-650-7915.

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Silver City/Grant County Widowed and Single Persons of Grant County — 10:30 a.m. at Cross Point Assembly of God Church, 11600 U.S. Highway 180 E. Ellen Brown with the U.S. Forest Service is the speaker. All singles are welcome. Info: 575-537-3643.


Silver City/Grant County Mardi Gras Cajun Feast and Dance Party with Jerry G and the Cold Cash Band — Cajun food from 5-10 p.m., music from 8-11 p.m. at Little Toad Creek Brewery, 200 N. Bullard, downtown, Silver City. Info: 575-356-6144. Sonatas en Duo: harp and saxophone duet from France — 7 p.m. at Light Hall Theater, Western New Mexico University. Second Annual President’s Chamber Music Series Special Performance. Info: 575-5386469. Las Cruces/Mesilla Brown Bag Lecture with Bob Dockendorf — noon at the Las Cruces Railroad Museum, 351 N. Mesilla St. Speaker is the director of the War Eagles Museum in Santa Teresa. Info: 575-647-4480. Watoto Children’s Choir — 7 p.m. at NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall. A group of 18 orphans from Uganda perform a new concert, “Signs and Wonders.” Info:


Silver City/Grant County Lunch & Learn: “Who’s in Control? Russian Federalism and Putinism” — noon-1 p.m. at the WNMU Global Resource Center, ABC Room, N. Kentucky Street and W. 12th Street, Silver City. Info: 575-538-6835. Byron Trammell — 6-9 p.m. at the Buckhorn Saloon, 32 Main St. Pinos Altos. Info: 575-538-9911.

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36 • FEBRUARY 2018 Las Cruces’ Black Box Theatre hosts “The Scarab Thief,” with the Mesilla Valley Dance Collective on Friday, Feb. 6. (Courtesy Photo)

Bullard, downtown, Silver City. Modern jazz band from New Orleans. Info: 575-356-6144. Las Cruces/Mesilla “The Scarab Thief”— will be at the Black Box Theatre in Las Cruces. This is a Mesilla Valley Dance Collective dance festival inspired by a classic ballet, “The Pharoah’s Daughter.” Info: Contra Dance with Bayou Seco — 7:30-10 p.m. at the Mesilla Community Center, 2251 Calle de Santiago, Mesilla. The Southern New Mexico Music and Dance Society sponsors this event featuring the Silver duo of Ken Keppler and Jeannie McLerie. Lonnie Ludeman will be calling. The theme is Mardi Gras and no partner is needed. Info: 575-522-1691. The Odyssey — 7:30 p.m. NMSU Theatre Arts/American Southwest Theatre Company, 1000 E. University Ave. in Las Cruces. Info: 575-6464575.


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Tuesday, Feb 13 Thursday, Feb. 8 Edwina and Charles Milner Women in the Arts Lecture and Exhibit:

Angela Ellsworth: Between Them 6:30p | Lecture Parotti Hall 7:30p | Opening McCray Gallery FREE Admission and Open to the Public Angela Ellsworth is a multidisciplinary artist traversing disciplines of drawing, sculpture, installation, video, and performance. WILL (Western Institute for Lifelong Learning) is a co-sponsor of our programs.

Sonatas en Duo

7:00p | WNMU Light Hall Theater TICKETS — $15 each; Free with Mustang Card Special Valentine’s Concert featuring Sonates en Duo, a spectacular harp and saxophone duo from France.

Upcoming Cultural Events 3/27 President’s Chamber Music Series: Oboe Quartet 6/22-24— Save the Date. Experience Latin rhythms and flavors, master artisans from across Mexico and artisanal tequila on the beautiful Western New Mexico University campus.

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Silver City/Grant County Territorial Charter Day — 9 a.m. events start in Downtown Silver City. Children’s Run begins at 11 a.m. Info: charmeine@silvercitymainstreet. com. Words and Music celebrates Black History Month — 2-4 p.m. at the Tranquilbuzz Coffee House, 112 Yankie St. in Silver City. Info: Stars in the Parks at City of Rocks — Sunset 5:56 p.m., program start 7:05 p.m. at City of Rocks State Park. Presenter Bill Nigg looks at the moon, Aldebaran, Leo and more. Info: Slaid Cleaves — 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Pinos Altos Opera House, 32 Main St. Pinos Altos. Info: 575-5389911. DJ Mr. Anderson — 8 p.m. at Little Toad Creek Brewery, 200 N. Bullard, downtown, Silver City. Dance party with the cast of the $1.98 Show. Info: 575-356-6144. Truth of Consequences/ Sierra County Stars in the Parks: Caballo Lake State Park — Sunset 5:56 p.m., program start 7 p.m. at Caballo Lake State Park. Presenter John Gilkison looks at two-day old moon, Aldebaran in transit and Leo rising. Info: Las Cruces/Mesilla Artrageous: Chinese New Year Celebration — 10 a.m.-noon at the Branigan Center 491 N. Main St. in Las Cruces. Celebrating For the Love of Art Month. Info: museums. Museum Rocks: Gem & Mineral Show — 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Farm & Ranch Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road in Las Cruces. Wholesale and resale dealers on hand with lots of products. Info: 75-522-4100. The Odyssey — 7:30 p.m. NMSU Theatre Arts/American Southwest Theatre Company, 1000 E. University Ave. in Las Cruces. Info: 575-6464575.


Las Cruces/Mesilla Museum Rocks: Gem & Mineral Show — 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Farm & Ranch Museum, 4100 Dripping

Springs Road in Las Cruces. Wholesale and resale dealers on hand with lots of products. Info: 75-522-4100. “Cox and Box” and Gilbert and Sullivan celebration — 3 p.m. at the Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Main St. in Las Cruces. The Gilbert and Sullivan Company of El Paso presents a one act operetta with Libretto by F.C. Burnand. The other act will feature love through the lens of Gilbert and Sullivan Songs. Info: 575-650-7915. The Chris Reyman Trio innovative jazz — 7 p.m. (dessert social begins at 6:30) at First Christian Church, 1809 El Paseo in Las Cruces. A Mesilla Valley Jazz & Blues Society concert. Info: 575-640-8752.


Hidalgo County “Soup’s On” Portal Rescue Benefit Luncheon — 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Portal Rescue classroom building in Portal, Ariz. Portal is next to Rodeo, N.M. and Portal Rescue serves area community members in both states. Info: 520-558-5858.


Hidalgo County “Soup’s On” Portal Rescue Benefit Luncheon — 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Portal Rescue classroom building in Portal, Ariz. Portal is next to Rodeo, N.M. and Portal Rescue serves area community members in both states. Info: 520-558-5858. Alamogordo/Otero County National Players: “The Great Gatsby” — 7-10 p.m. at the Flickinger Center for Performing Arts, 1110 New York Ave. Alamogordo. Info: 575-437-2202. Las Cruces/Mesilla Zones, Meters, Graycards, Hostograms — 7 p.m. at the Southwest Environmental Center, 275 N. Main St. Las Cruces. A Doña Ana Photography Club program presented by Dale Taylor on exposure tools.. Info “A Key to the Casa: Celebrating Jewish Life in Sephardic Spain” — 7 p.m. at Temple Beth-El, 3980 Sonoma Springs Ave. in Las Cruces. REbyn Helzner, renowned singer and performer, to present. Info: 575-5243380.


Silver City/Grant County Lunch & Learn: “How a Viable Community Fountation Positively Impacts Our Community” — noon-1 p.m. at the WNMU Global Resource Center, ABC Room, N. Kentucky Street and W. 12th Street, Silver City. Info: 575-538-6835. Byron Trammell — 6-9 p.m. at the Buckhorn Saloon, 32 Main St. Pinos Altos. Info: 575-538-9911. Hidalgo County “Soup’s On” Portal Rescue Benefit Luncheon — 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Portal Rescue classroom building in Portal, Ariz. Portal is next to Rodeo, N.M. and Portal Rescue serves area community members in both states. Info: 520-558-5858. Las Cruces/Mesilla “Peril on the Royal Train” by


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Edward Marston — 11 a.m. at the Las Cruces Railroad Museum, 351 N. Mesilla St. A discussion with the Rail Readers Book Club. Info: 575647-4480.


Silver City/Grant County Winter Film Series: “North Country” — 7 p.m. at the Santa Clara National Guard Armory. Part of the Fort Bayard Historic Preservation Society series “By the Sweat of Their Brows: The Life of the Miner.” Info: 575-388-4862. Ruidoso/Lincoln County The Ten Tenors at Spencer Theater — 7-9 p.m. at the Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts, 108 Spencer Road, Alto. Australia’s most debonair musical export. Info: 575-336-4800. Las Cruces/Mesilla Feed Your Mind Seminar: “Everything You Want to Know About the Nile, But Were Afraid to Ask” — 5:30-7 p.m. (with refreshments starting at 4:30) at the Doña Ana County Arts & Cultural Center, at the Bulletin Plaza, 1740 Avenida de Mercado, Suites B-D. Bill Key will speak having lived and worked in Egypt for over 20 years. Info:


Silver City/Grant County Agatha Christie’s “A Murder is Announced” — 7 p.m. at the Penney Playhouse, 405 Bullard St. in Silver City Info: 575-313-6883. Truth of Consequences/ Sierra County “Annual Gathering of Quilts” — 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the T or C Civic Center/Ralph Edwards Auditorium, 400 W. Fourth St. in T or C. Info: 575-894-2959. Las Cruces/Mesilla Promoting Art Series: For Love of Art — noon at the Doña Ana County Arts & Cultural Center, at the Bulletin Plaza, 1740 Avenida de Mercado, Suites B-D. Authors Winn Jacobs, Kathy Vorenberg and Ruth Drayer will do brief readings and talk about the process of writing their books. Info: Chaos Collaboration — 5-9 p.m. at the Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, 304 W. Bell St. in Las Cruces. Art show with music performances for teens by teens. Info: 575-5412454. The Quebe Sisters — 7 p.m. at the Western New Mexico University Fine Arts Theater. Fiddle champs and sisters play Western Swing and vintage country music in a Grant County Community Concert Association presentation. Info: 575-538-5862. The Odyssey — 7:30 p.m. NMSU Theatre Arts/American Southwest

Theatre Company, 1000 E. University Ave. in Las Cruces. Info: 575-6464575.


Silver City/Grant County Fort Bayard Walking Tours — 9:30 a.m. starting at the Fort Bayard Museum, Building 26 on the west side of the Parade Ground. Info: 575388-4477. Agatha Christie’s “A Murder is Announced” — 7 p.m. at the Penney Playhouse, 405 Bullard St. in Silver City Info: 575-313-6883. Screaming Dreams — 8 p.m. at Little Toad Creek Brewery, 200 N. Bu llard, downtown, Silver City. Indi music duo. Info: 575-356-6144. Truth of Consequences/ Sierra County “Annual Gathering of Quilts” — 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the T or C Civic Center/Ralph Edwards Auditorium, 400 W. Fourth St. in T or C. Info: 575-894-2959. Las Cruces/Mesilla Artrageous: Artistic Influences — 10 a.m.-noon at the Ls Cruces Museum of Art, 491 N. Main St. Celebrating For the Love of Art Month. Info: Crafts for Kids: Learning to Weave — 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Farm & Ranch Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road in Las Cruces. Info: 75-522-4100. Chaos Collaboration — 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, 304 W. Bell St. in Las Cruces. Art show with music performances for teens by teens. Info: 575-541-2454. The Odyssey — 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. NMSU Theatre Arts/American Southwest Theatre Company, 1000 E. University Ave. in Las Cruces. Info: 575-646-4575.


Silver City/Grant County Agatha Christie’s “A Murder is Announced” — at the Penney Playhouse, 405 Bullard St. in Silver City Info: 575-313-6883. Las Cruces/Mesilla The Odyssey — 2 p.m. NMSU Theatre Arts/American Southwest Theatre Company, 1000 E. University Ave. in Las Cruces. Info: 575-646-4575. New Horizons Symphony Free Concert — 3 p.m. at NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall. Spanish classical guitarist Javier Calderon will join the orchestra in several pieces. Info: 575-521-8771. Spanish Classical guitarist Javier Calderon joins New Horizons in Las Cruces on Feb. 25. (Courtesy Photo)

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Fiddle champions, the Quebe Sisters, perform at WNMU in Silver City on Feb. 23. (Courtesy Photo)


Silver City/Grant County Lunch & Learn: “NASA Images: What is Revealed of Our World

and the Cosmos” — noon-1 p.m. at the WNMU Global Resource Center, ABC Room, N. Kentucky Street and W. 12th Street, Silver City. Info: 575-538-6835. Byron Trammell — 6-9 p.m. at the Buckhorn Saloon, 32 Main St. Pinos Altos. Info: 575-538-9911. Alamogordo/Otero County Wine Down Wednesday — 6-9 p.m. at the Heart of the Desert Pistachios and Wines, 7288 U.S. Highway 54/70, between Alamogordo and Tularosa. Jazz guitar with Rich Chorne. Info: 575-434-0035.


Silver City/Grant County Winter Film Series: “Los Mineros” — 7 p.m. at the Santa Clara National Guard Armory. Part of the Fort Bayard Historic Preservation Society series “By the Sweat of Their Brows: The Life of the Miner.” Info: 575-3884862. Las Cruces/Mesilla Feed Your Mind Seminar: “Everything You Want to Know About the Nile, But Were Afraid to Ask” — 5:30-7 p.m. (with refreshments starting at 4:30) at the Doña Ana County Arts & Cultural Center, at the Bulletin Plaza, 1740 Avenida de Mercado, Suites B-D. Bill Key will speak having lived and worked in Egypt for over 20 years. Info:


Silver City/Grant County Agatha Christie’s “A Murder is Announced” — 7 p.m. at the Penney Playhouse, 405 Bullard St. in Silver City Info: 575-313-6883. Ruidoso/Lincoln County The World Famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theater — 7-9 p.m. at the Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts, 108 Spencer Road, Alto. Info: 575-336-4800.

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Oh, Those Boomers! RVers chat about weed and the world


hoot, lady, what cop’s gonna stop an old codger like me looking for pot?” The white-haired gentleman sitting across the picnic table looked at me with too-innocent blue eyes. I’d been reading about how marijuana use was edging up among seniors as the baby boomers entered retirement. Hmmm. More seniors are using pot. Most fulltime RVers are seniors. Ergo, I’d been thinking about researching marijuana use among fulltime RVers for a while, but figured anyone within the Desert Exposure’s circulation area might be a tad reticent about talking on the record. Now at this resort RV park in faraway southern Florida I had my own little suntanned focus group, and was about to test my “ergo” theory. To protect an anonymity no one in the group seemed concerned about, I suggested they all come up with pseudonyms, so my group consisted of Doc, the self-described old codger; a prim-looking lady who chose Trixie for her moniker; a large, burly guy appropriately called Bear; Jasmine, an outgoing woman in spandex running togs; and a bald guy with a goatee who everyone already called the Professor. “What I’m after is some insight into why you use it, how long you’ve been using it, where you get it, you know, any interesting stories you can share.” Doc had been the first to speak, and he described his introduction to smoking pot while in college in the ‘60s. “Then I got a job, married, had kids, you know, got busy. Getting high just didn’t seem to go along with my life. Couple years before I retired, a neighbor offered me a joint in his garage one afternoon. I thought what the hell, you know? When I retired, before Patsy and I took off in the RV, he gave me an ounce as a goodbye gift. Lasted me a year. That’s about my consumption ever since, an ounce a year.” “Didn’t it worry you, traveling around with illegal drugs on board?”

I’d asked. That’s when I got the “old codger” line, to which the rest of the group nodded and lifted their coffee cups and water bottles in salute. Trixie took over. “I have arthritis, and a couple of years ago when we were visiting our son in California, he said I might want to think about trying a cannabis product for the pain. I’d never used it — married young and it just never came up. At first, I was shocked until he talked me into going with him to a clinic where a nice young woman explained the different products. I ended up with some ointment; just a little dab on my hands and the pain goes away.” “So, you could get a medical certificate, right?” “Oh honey, in states where medical is legal, you have to be a resident. Impossible for most fulltimers. I just have my son send it to me.” “And you’ve never tried any of the other products?” I ventured. Trixie looked at Jasmine and they both giggled. Seems their weekly girls-only cocktail hour sometimes featured more than mojitos. “Just a few gummies,” Jasmine said. “I get them from a friend whose son-in-law produces them for a medical dispensary. They’re not real strong, not like smoking, and they’re cute. They help me sleep a lot better than anything the doctor prescribed.” “So, what’s your story, Professor?” I asked. “I actually was a professor, so my turf was the college campus where pot has always been common. I’ve indulged on an occasional basis all my life, not daily, mind you, but I prefer it to alcohol when I’m relaxing with friends. Only now we vape rather than smoke. Healthier, more economical.” “And he bakes great brownies with the residue left over,” interjected Doc. “Oh, yeah,” the rest chimed in. “The Professor’s our resident baker, and Bear’s our resident hor-

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ticulturist,” Jasmine said with a smirk. “You grow your own?” I looked around the RV park. “Where?” “That’s my site right over there,” Bear pointed to a large site at the end of the row. “With the cargo trailer? O-o-oh.” “Yup, purtiest little grow room you ever seen,” said Doc. “Beautiful plants. Tell her, Jerry, er, I mean, Bear.” “See, I’m from Vermont, always go back in the summer. I’ve got a medical marijuana license for glaucoma, and can legally grow two mature plants and nine immature ones.” “Sure you don’t fudge a little?” teased Jasmine. Bear grinned. “I don’t like to vape alone. Legally, I shouldn’t have it here at all, but management kind of looks the other way.” They all agreed that was the attitude in most of the RV parks they’d visited. “Long as we behave,” Bear said. “Heck, we’re their income.” The Professor leaned forward. “We’re all over 65. We worked hard all our lives, raised our families. Contributed to society. Saved our money so we could enjoy our retirement. It’s legal for us to drink ourselves silly but not to use a substance that has credibly been proven much less dangerous for our health and for society. There are more than 30,000 deaths each year from opioid overdose, yet it’s legal for doctors to prescribe them. People don’t die from cannabis overdose, yet our government considers it in the same category as heroin. Does that make sense?” “Well, people are still going to use it whether it’s legal or not,” said Bear. “About 14 percent of the population admit to it. That’s a lot of voters.” “And it doesn’t make us drug addicts,” said Trixie, “no more than liking a glass of wine in the evening makes you an alcoholic.” “So how common is it among RVers?”

They all looked at the Professor. “It seems like every year it increases, at least by my personal observation,” he said. “I’d guess around 10 percent, but it could be more since most people don’t broadcast it. And as the boomers take over the RV parks, there’s a lot more tolerance even among those that don’t indulge. It’s just no big deal.” And with that, we agreed to disband our panel and walk over to the community building for some

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cajun menu 5-10pm live music & dancing 8pm

Brewery & Distillery

Tuesday, February 13th

40 • FEBRUARY 2018

Fighters Wanted At Gila Regional you have the bEsT team of doctors and the bEsT technology in your corner!


The Fight Against Cancer


For more Information call

(575) 538-4009 or go to

Desert Exposure - February 2018  
Desert Exposure - February 2018